Steve Firchow gives an overview of how to color a comic cover from beginning to end in Adobe Photoshop. He begins with setting up a piece of black and white line art and describes his process for choosing colors, making rendering decisions and balancing color, light and detail. In addition, he discusses techniques for improved speed and the differences between coloring covers vs. interior comic pages.
Comics are unique in the world of art in that creating one is truly a collaborative effort and I have had the good fortune in my career to have a master like Steve Firchow as an artistic partner. Ask any artist and they'll tell you the thrill of creation usually ends when they finish the work. That's a shame because for me, once I've done my part, the anticipation of Steve enhancing and completing my work just keeps the thrill going. And that, as they say, is priceless. --Marc Silvestri - CEO/Penciller Top Cow Productions, Inc.