So in the process of making the cover art for my webcomic’s first chapter, I came across a problem:

I liked the inks…but I didn’t know how to color it. And the background? I had no idea what to do with it.

So, to work my way through it, I got another piece of paper and made these sketches:

I would call these “color keys” because I’m tinkering around with colors to see what works best in the compositions. I knew I wanted to keep the girl in the right in a blue uniform, because that uniform color was decided on LONG before I started the cover. I was figuring out the dress color for the girl on the right, and what to do with the background.

And looking at these, I’m going to go with the thumbnail on the bottom. The girl’s dress pops noticeably enough, but more importantly, the girl in uniform doesn’t disappear into the background. And the background is noticeably cool, but not distracting.

So voila! That’s just a little snippet of my work progress in action for all you lovely peeps who might be stuck on projects of your own.

Don’t Forget to Be Awesome, and I will see you again soon!