At this point, I have scanned the pencil rendered art and made a few copies of it on a single page. Before having a computer, and more importantly a Wacom Tablet, I would photocopy the art and use markers, color pencils or whatever was handy to do color comps. I still have some old comps from covers I have done. Now it's much easier. On these four copies, I am just throwing colors together to see what stands out. Whatever I decide on at this point will not translate directly to the painting though. Digital and traditional medium colors don't come out exactly the same. This is just to get ideas. There are things I like in each one of these. The tough part is narrowing it down. I don't do too many comps because I could easily get bogged down in choices. So these are it. One interesting thing came up though. While I was working on the rendering, the term Love Pirate came to me and I came up with the little flag. I can't recall seeing that before or hearing the name. So I Googled it and sure enough there is a band called Love Pirate. I thought I was being so original. Oh well.
The fun part is next: Painting! To be continued.