Sunday, June 03, 2007

Cover process

For those who are into seeing a little bit of the artwork process stuff, I aim to please. In my previous post I showed the rough layout for the cover to issue #4. That was drawn small, about 3" by 4", then scanned in and a little color added to help me decide on the final design. I enlarge the layout up to comic book page size (about 10" by 15") and print it out. I lightbox the layout on to nice paper and using blue pencil redraw the image using the layout as a guide. Then I tighten up the details over the blue lines with a regular mechanical pencil.
Once I am happy with the pencil drawing I ink the image. Nowdays I use PITT brush markers and some pens, these are so much faster for me than a "real" brush. In this stage the design changed a bit as we decided to leave out the cast shadow. I scan the finished ink drawing into Photoshop, where I color it. Although in this case there is not much actual color :) I like to try to design a cover to "pop", that is why I decided to color most of it in gray tones excpt for the blood.

That is pretty much my process for most pages, although I am always trying new things in hopes I may find a faster/better method. Also dependng on how comfortable I am with whatever I am drawing, sometimes my pencils are much looser than above.

The Motor City Con came and went. It was fun. I met some nice people. This was the third year in a row I did a Iron Giant commision for this guy who has an amazing collection of Iron Giant original art. The Simon Bizley one is humbling. Check them all out here-
http://ultimateirongiant.com/origart/origart.php

4 comments:

danielog said...

how come the inking allways strikes me as the best part, and the hardest one too. it looks great.

Anonymous said...

my vote would have been to leave the shadow in, but a fine cover image regardless, great step by step explanation......please create a gallery on Deviantart, people there would love these kind of posts!!!!!!!! you'd get so many people checking out your art over there, no lie. dusty

Neil Hill said...

I love those PITT pens also, Jason, and I agree that they are a wiz to ink with. Loving your artwork on the Wolf-Man series thus far, even though admittedly I wasn't sure about your stuff at first. However, I've since become one of the converted!

Lauren said...

beautiful work! Love the comic :)