Watch: Master artist Paolo Rivera shows us how to paint a perfect Hellboy

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:13 AM EDT (Updated)

Paolo Rivera loves painting Hellboy.

That's not just the Eisner Award-winning artist being a good company man, despite the fact he's been working on the upcoming miniseries, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 - Occult Intelligence, due out in September from Dark Horse Comics. He's been a fan of the character since before he started working on Hellboy books. But as an artist, Rivera just enjoys bringing to life the unique features that make Hellboy ... well, Hellboy.

When SYFY WIRE visited Rivera at his West Coast studio, he gave us a glimpse of his work process. Painters in the comics field are increasingly rare, but Paolo's vivid images and versatility have made him one of comics' most in-demand cover artists. Rivera retro photo-realism and dynamic layouts have put him in that rare space of artists who can sell a book just on his cover images. Just look at the buzz surrounding his awesome cover to Image Comics' Shirtless Bear-Fighter #4:


While he's great at portraying period imagery, Rivera puts modern technology to good use. He uses digital sculpting tools to give him the proper references to make his work as precise as possible. He also shares an interesting tip for capturing Hellboy's red skin color (hint: you don't use red paint!).

Check out the video and let us know what character you wish you could commission Paolo to paint for you!

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