Joe Jusko has been painting comic book covers for a very long time. And along the way he has picked up a few tricks. Over at Comic Book Resources Joe took some time to show off his painting process for an upcoming cover to Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris from Dynamite, including what materials he used to how he approached the piece.

Once the sketch is blown up to the final painting size, I trace it off and transfer it to a clean, unprimed sheet of Bainbridge illustration board, cold pressed and double thick. The cold pressed board has a tooth to it that grabs the paint and the double thick weight helps keep it from bending or warping when wet. I then refine the drawing as much as needed. I like a tight pencil, as I work in a mixture of transparent and opaque applications.

The final Painting! 15″x23.5″ and about 4 days total working time. To deepen the colors and give it an overall uniform finish, I brush on 3-4 coats of acrylic varnish, turning the board 90 degrees after each application. I use a mixture of Liquitex Acrylic Gloss Medium & Varnish cut with Liquitex Airbrush Medium to thin it down to a brushable consistency. I don’t thin the varnish with water, as I think it dilutes the binders in the varnish. The Airbrush Medium is acrylic based.

And here is the finished piece:

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