For the cover of MLP 17, I took a slightly different approach to finishing it up... typically if I do a marker color cover, I have to be very careful of how I ink. I typically ink outlines only with a Faber Castell PITT pen, do my color work, then do fine and detailed inking with a brush and india ink. There can be no mistakes, as you can't use markers over white out. I can't ink with a brush first, or the markers will reactivate the ink, and smear it.
When I was working on this I decided I wanted to have a little more freedom with my inking, so I inked it as if it were intended to NOT be colored... that is, I could make finer details and effects or corrections with white out, and not worry about what the markers may smear. Once I was done... I made a full size high quality copy on a sturdy cardstock, and hand-colored that one rather than the original instead.
Notice up top, the bottles with the Elements of Harmony on them... they were not finished as I knew the comic logo would cover them... my intention was to hit them with my airbrush rather than markers to get a weird glowing effect on each of them.... but, once art is ready for production purposes, it's hard to make time to go back and do the stuff just for you. It will be finalized shortly before Convention season, so I can make limited prints When doing a cover it's easy to leave such areas blank or featureless as it's going to be covered, but I like to be happy with the end result if to please nobody else but myself.
This is the first part of a new 4-issue story by Katie Cook and myself, which is one we've looked forward to doing for some time!
Original artwork is 11x17 on Bristol Board, brush and india ink, copic markers.