This is the scan of the final “real world” version of the Detour cover art. The color for most of my illustrations is added in Photoshop. That way I have more flexibility if I need to make corrections. For me, working with color is a tricky business. I’m still learning what colors work well together, which clash and the difference between too many colors and not enough. With Photoshop I can experiment with different colors and compositions until I find the best looking one.
The original art is usually done in ink and graphite. I lay down the areas I want to be solid black with a brush and india ink and then add tones with a B weight pencil. Lately I’ve been using gray tone markers as well. The markers add variety to the textures in the illustration.