Process of cover illustration of "Gunji / Tensyu-ni-Sumu-Oni" (Step 1)

My editor emailed me this rough sketch drawn by himself. Wow, very cool! :-)

Posing & lighting simulations on "Poser" + "Vue"

1st draft on paper

2nd draft on paper

Merging 2 drafts on "Photoshop"

Painting a background on "Painter"

Making the masks of each figures on "Photoshop"

Painting 1st figure on "Painter" Step 2