The painting is done by lightly layering airbrush paint over the finished drawing. I go slowly and in light layers to allow for easier erasing techniques. I use a variety of erasers to bring back highlights by removing the paint layer in the highlighted areas. I then airbrush over it again to add another layer to create depth.
Colored pencils are used in the deeper, or, more detailed areas for depth and control. I use erasers to bring back as many highlights as possible, but typically finish a painting with some black and white tube acrylics to create the darkest and lightest areas.
~ Michael Calandra
Fantasy Illustrator & Multi Heavy Metal Cover Artist
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