Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cover #6 Process and More!

Before we begin today, a quick Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Now down to business.

The cover to issue 6 is one of my favorites so far. I really like drawing the Actioneers, the superhero team that Wolf-Man has some issues with, so designing a cover with them all fighting sounded like it could be cool. After a couple scribbly attempts, this was the idea I felt had some promise.
After looking at it more we decided that it might be better to have the other characters in the foreground.
As is my usual process, I enlarged the layout to comic board size and lightboxed it with blue pencil, tightening details and tweaking things a bit as I drew. And I forgot to scan my pencils again, so you can't see those. See the problem is that I don't have a big scanner, so I have to scan this stuff in pieces and put back together in Photoshop. I hate that part, cause nothing ever lines up right. So beacuse I don't like doing it and because I don't need to do it for the pencils (other than to show you guys) I often "forget" to do it. But I'll try to do better. Promise. Anyway, excuses over, here are the inks. Yay!

And now the final colors.



Also, here is a con sketch that I forgot to post sooner. Big thanks to Brian for the reminder.

6 comments:

Pete said...

Great cover again and it's still great to see how the cover process works.

The actioneers look great too! Can't think of the name of the blue & black guy, but love his face. And it took me a while to notice the guy in the background with the axe... nice!

Quick question: Do you have input into the BG colors / did you plan for it to be green?

Great con sketch too... please keep posting all your future con sketches.

Been checking out more closely the page of yours i bought from Spash... How on earth do you get your lines so straight and crisp, leading to the thinest points at the ends?? I don't believe a human can draw like this, you've gotta be a robot... or atleast have a robot drawing hand!?

Happy new year J!!

Jason Howard said...

Thanks. Yeah, you could say I had input on the colors, as I colored it myself :)

And the crisp lines, I don't know, that just the way I ink them, no special tools, just brushes and pens. Mostly Faber Castel PITT brand these days, but I often try differnt inking tools.

Pete said...

Well i'm twice as impressed seeing as i now know you colored it.
Don't even know why i thought somone else did it?

And you probably think it's not so special being able to ink how you do, but i've picked up a few of these pens and had a try... it aint easy. Just had a look at the inking on my page again... and i'm still blown way!

Thanks for answering!

Gergely Schally said...

Hello!
I am a hungarian comic fan.
I really like your drawings! Never seen a quality like this before, and i hope it's just the beginning of something.
I am curious about the devices you use when you work with the computer. Do you use a GraphPad or just a single mouse, or something else?
Best wishes!

Gjskier (Kal) said...

Hello Jason, I just wanted to know when issue #5 was scheduled for? I'm on edge for my fix of Wolf-man.

Thanks.

Jason Howard said...

Gergley- For coloring I mostly just use a mouse. I have the small (cheap) wacom tablet, and it gets occasional use but I just don't tend to feel as comfortable with it as I do with a mouse.

Gjskier- I think that issue #5 is scheduled for January, but I am betting it wont come out until early February. It is cool though. You should keep your eye on page 3 in particular... :)