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December 6, 2009
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WitchBlade2009 Process by spherco WitchBlade2009 Process by spherco
A bunch of people have expressed interest in how this image was created.

Here it is in 7 easy steps:)

1. Get a drawing of Witchblade from UberGeniusPenciler, Marc Silvestri.

2. Figure out your lighting with a quick color sketch.
Also...What the hell are you going to do with all that white space in the BG.
Oh...btw...this is going to be the cover for a ginormous art book featuring 10 years worth of TopCow art sooooooo......DON'T FUCK IT UP.

3. Start painting the soft sexy bits.

4. Spend entirely too much time building the WitchBlade gauntlet in Maya....Then...spend entirely too much time detailing and rendering it in

5. Try desperately to figure out how to make the 3d model blend decently with the Photoshop work. Send it off to the editors at TopCow.
Shit...they don't dig it:( They want more 'energy'. One editor suggests blowing leaves. Turns out, its a GREAT idea:)

6. Find a nifty leaf.

7. Drop the leaf in and do some other stuff to add energy.


The editors dig it...and MOST IMPORTANTLY...Silvestri digs it!!!

End of Process
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SeanE Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I so want the lineart to this to try it for myself... :)
JoelPoischen Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know the gauntlet is getting most of the attention here, but I really love the highlights in the hair. Do you use a hair brush in PS? Such great work man!
Thanks Joel...yes, I still use the old hair brush I made in PS3 back in my early TopCow days. Its basicly some random dots set at 0 spacing. Nothing fancy.
JoelPoischen Feb 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah works great! Hey I saw you in that film Countdown to Wednesday! Cool insight! :D
Unstable117 Jan 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Question though, did you merge the graphic lines into the paints and then obliterated them while rendering, or did you just paint the edges under the lines? And how did you keep the edges so smooth? Did you mask alot, or do you normally paint on a few layers and just paint really carefully?

All of the above... Lots of back and forth. Obliterate and Create.
The trick with this type of work is preserving the spirit of the original drawing while translating its message/energy from one medium to another.

Make sense:)
Unstable117 Jan 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely makes sense...That seems to be the more courageous way to paint. It shows!
Unstable117 Jan 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have this book. I have drooled over this cover for months. Thaaannnkkk yooouuu foooorrr poooosssttttinnngg thiiiiis.
You're welcome!
jvel4073 Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your Work is very Good, IS this a tribute to the Artist Marc Silvestri. :star: Quality..

In 1992, Silvestri became one of the original seven artists — along with Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane and Jim Valentino — to form image comics.
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