Alright, so I've had this HUGE stack of Sketch Cover Variant Comics and from time to time I have posted that they are for commission, however I am really interested in getting some info. For some artists, I have in fact asked how they are able to create such wonderful work, color or black and white. I need to constantly remind myself that my style isn't the same as theirs. I would like to put forth a range for one to choose from... pencil, ink or color. However it's that last option that I continually have a problem with. I know many artists will scan and doctor their cover work in photoshop or painter, however, I'm sure there are many that don't, and their work is SO beautiful.
Examples that I've found in the DA community (and this will probably backfire on me, but it's good publicity for the artists I follow too)
My all time
Color Cover is by
a couple more of his
Another great color cover by
Now, we finally get to the good pencil covers from
a couple more of his
One pencil by
And inks by
So I guess for artists... the questions are abundant. Copics are used. Watercolor by chance? I know gouache has been used on a rare few. Do you ink after you color? Easy to erase pencils, if you're using 2H 2B F or HB? Do you put like a piece of copy paper or something between the cover and interior pages while creating your sketch/sending it to someone?
Collectors - Which do you prefer? Why do you like one over the other ( pencils instead of inks. colors instead of pencil...) I've seen some outrageous prices for a cover to be done by certain artists. I can't say I'd be doing triple digits for pencil or ink (guess it depends on how much detail) but some people are getting that much... insane.
I'd really like to start selling these next year. I never intended on keeping them for myself lol. Well, except maybe one.
Anyways, please fill me in via comments on some of these answers, if you'd be so kind. If you have friends that have worked on these covers, or friends that have collected, I'd like to hear their feedback as well.