I would like to thank the artist Luís Figueiredo for allowing me to do my character illustration over his sketch titled “Wolverine”.
Heres a link to Luís Figueiredo Wolverine sketch: http://marvelmania.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=216#/d4d0jiu
First off the most tedious thing I found that I had to do for this illustration was the lining. To make the lines thicker and stand out more I traced over the lines on both sides of the lines in the original sketch using the pen tool, I simply just filled in between the lines using a black fill to make appear thicker. What I found in my character illustration was the many different lines I had to trace, to make them easier to fill I selected multiple line shapes I created then used the pathfinder tool to form them into one shape.
For the many different details I had to include in this illustration I just created small shapes using the pen tool. I found that the most important thing for me was layering accordingly to make sure each shape was correctly placed on top of one another.
After I got all the lining out of the way it was time for colouring. For each different colour I used I placed it on a different layer so that if I needed to go back and fix something it was quick to locate and fix. To fill in these colours was simple because all the time I spent lining, I was able to go under the lining because the colour layers were all under the lining layers. So at this point the colours fit exactly and came out nice!
This is my final character illustration. After a few minor fixes with the details and the colouring all I had left was the shading and adding the background. To apply the shading in a way to catch the viewers eye I just created a shape and filled it black then lowered the opacity just enough to give it a shade that would stand out.