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Rogue Print Detail by AdamHughes Rogue Print Detail by AdamHughes
This is a detail from the Rogue litho I just finished for Sideshow Collectibles; it comes with the Rogue comiquette if you order the exclusive version. I just posted the whole image a few moments ago.

Since my hand is messed up, I couldn't pencil and ink this the way I'd like. So, since I needed to make sexy lemonade out of this mess, I took my original concept illustration and just colored & painted it in Photoshop.

Before anyone asks, here's the reasons why I cropped it... First, I thought that the Black Cat print was dull, and one of the reasons is because it's full figure. You don't NEED a full-figure print of the character.... because you have the statue! You can see her toes THERE. I decided to crop in so that the piece would be about the face and the body language. I also cropped in because time was tight, San Diego was looming, and the AC was out and it was 95 degrees in my house.

As for technique/method.... I took the original high-rez Grayscale scan, cropped it, and converted it to CMYK Mode. It looked the same. I then used things like Variations, CHannel Mixer, and Hue/Saturation to change the gray values to have hues. At that stage, it looked like an oil painter's underpainting.

I then went in and built up the highlights using the pencil tool set on 10-21% opacity to slowly build up my "brush strokes" and give it an analog feel.

The highlights on the latex were accomplished using the lasso tool and my color Fills set to Screen or Linear Dodge.
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MAD-Ina Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!! :D
TorontoWild Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
look and teach [link] [link]
patimusiclover Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
beautiful *0*
AOthelegend Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fca182 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Can I ask what resolution (both size and PPI) you usually work at once you've scanned them? I can't seem to find the right one, my art always looks too small on previews :( but you seem to always nail it :)
pheflin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011   Filmographer
You are a master at coloring. Seriously. I'm finally going digital and using PS, any tricks you didn't mention already?
untilmoraleimproves Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
I saw Tim working on the sculpt for this. Very cool.
mytake Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
scientifico Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
AH, I LOVE this face. Absolutely wonderful! However did you get that playful, sexy, naughty squinty smile? And the hint of dimples are great!
RNHMH Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
to see the before and after and image the transition is terrific
doondoon900 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
You should put together a how to draw like me (yourself ) book. I'd buy it.
Yglesiaz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Thanks for the background on your PS techniques. I've just gotten into coloring my work digitally and I'm using whatever I can glean from your work and comments you've made concerning it.
Moony92 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am literally amazed at how much life you can put into a simple sketch simply by your coloring skills alone. :)
INFINITIandBEYOND Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Okay im pretty adept in photoshop as far as photo-editing but not of your calliber MY GOD! This is Complex as hell yet so flawless lmaoo (you should print a book of all your works and sell it in barnes & noble or something like a portfolio everyone can see I'd buy like 3 copies of it ahahaha). But anyways. Is there any online tutorials you know of that specialize in techniques you use ?

First and foremost Can you major in Graphic design & media design and still be a professional Comic book artist or no do you have to major in other fields?.

& Rogue is hot. Ahahahaha.

ADAM HUGHES for 2012 president. Aha
MonikaLoesser Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm afraid I must own up to the fact that I'm not much of a comics afficionada. Having said that, I must add that I have always loved the examples of your work that I have come across over the years. I truly believe that your art transcends what I think of when I think comics. I have genuinely enjoyed tripping through your portfolio.
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Thanks for the kind words!
I personally believe one of the ways to keep one's medium fresh is to diversify & bring different ideas to the table. By drawing my comics work in a slightly non-traditional way, it keeps me from preaching to the choir.
I'm glad you enjoyed the prtfolio; please watch as I will be adding constantly!
Thanks again,
PiratoLoco Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009 man..this is seriously cute!! You really did get that Elvgren feel to that smile.
HOLIMOUNT Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
awww ii wish i could paint stuff im not pretty good when its about paintings
TicoDrawing Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Octoberson Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
It took me a little while to figure it out, because she looked like someone I've seen before. Then it hits me, she resembles Ashley Judd a little bit. Nothing wrong with that. It's definitely one of the warmest southern smiles I've ever seen. Beautiful work!
alisa Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
hello i love your artwork & ill be looking forward to seeing more so keep up the great work & keep :D :D :D :D :D :D :D.....bye
jlta Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Student Artist
you...are...a god
stefart Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
very beautyful drawings Molto belli Bravo, ciao!
ricefarmer2007 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
why bother inking it? if ur just gonna paint over it? to sell it?
gsaint77 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
love it
ChrisNoeth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is great!

I would love to see more of the working steps to the final colors.

Hope your thumb will get better soon!


nkdk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
amazing work as always
Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
But of course the colour version is best, but there is something--an added playfulness or youthfulness, perhaps--in the lineart that I really like.

MatteoLolli Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I stand speechless to your art. EVERYTIME.

I just hope you don't mind a couple of basic (dumb) questions:

-I didn't understand where your lineart is? In a layer above the color (and set it to multiply)? or maybe it's the opposite? or do you paint on the same layer as your lineart?

-I feel so slow but I don't understand when you say: "change the gray values to have hues. At that stage, it looked like an oil painter's underpainting." I'm really sorry, I've searched google but it didn't help. How does it looks like? do you mean you have veils of color over the lineart?

Thank you and forgive my english mistakes.
IvannaMatilla Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I just discovered YOU here in DA. You're such a fantastic artist!! This piece is lovely.
I'm truly sorry about your thumb. Get better soon!
IvannaMatilla Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I just discovered
dsantiag Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow! Your pencil work is tight and your skin tones are just right! The incredible details you put into your work is an inspiration to me. This view of work-in-progress is damn good. Thanks for sharing this with us here on DA!
BrenGun Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
wow really cool!!!!!!
mikechoi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Beautiful, I like how you describe your methods like it's as easy as making a thing that's easy to make (gag). I pre-ordered the statue at SDCC... is the original art for the print for sale?
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Sadly, the original art is already spoken for.
mikechoi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Sad, but not surprised...

Thanks anyway, and again, I hope the hand gets better soon.
ginmau Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Great job as always, vene your hand is all banged up. And thanx a lot for sharing some of the technique, it gave me some new ideas. Good luck with the hand
shadowThorn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
For your hand being messed up, this is gorgeous. I love how you portray your female characters, they're fun and sweet but with a sexy side without looking at all trashy in any way.
ashigaru Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great work, I love the details and color. Her smile is intoxicating.
R62 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Professional Filmographer you paint under or over the lines?
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Yes to both. Over, under, all around. I just MOLEST the pixels with color.
illust888 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'm not at all ashamed of being turned on by that last bit. nope
frau-frau Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow, she looks a little like Mariska Hargitay. o_o Now that's fucking creepy! But great job, nonethless. :D
SL1Cer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
It really reminds me of Elgren's work : sensual, elegant, classy...

It is always a pleasure to look at your work. It is a great source of motivation, as I always say : "I will be better than him !"

I can keep dreaming...

I hope your hand is getting better. It's time to do the same thing Jennifer Lopez did for her butt : ensure it XD
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Gil Elvgren was the MASTER of pinup art, in my humble opinion.
SL1Cer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Even though I know just a few pin-up artists, he's the best I've ever seen.
The colors, proportions, and most important thing, he's never trashy (don't know if the word is correct...).

I'm sick and tired of artists who are drawing lots of t&a, and never use the body language. Hiding things is the best way to let the imagination flows... Anyways...

I really appreciate you took some time for this feedback. Not everybody does it.

And even though I entered in the comic world with the Michael Turner millenium edition, it's when I first saw your work that I found what kind of work I want to do. Thank you, because it helped me reaching the level to be accepted at the Joe Kubert School ^^

I hope your hand will get better, and I wish good luck for all your plans !


P.S. : By the way, Taschen is selling a book with lots of Elvgren's paintings, and it's very cheap !
So if you're interested, there's a link with informations. Hope you like it !

BhattiGal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Beautiful! She looks a tiny bit like Ashley Judd ;)
belituca Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Oo wow amazing as always.. your colouring style reminds me alphons mucha and the art deco so much...
artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Awesome art. shes one of my fave characters. Sorry that your hands hurt, hope its better son.
StockmanArt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
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