In the fall of 2016 I was approached by Archie Comics to do some covers for them. I have to admit that I was so impressed with what Adam Hughes did with his work for Archie, it sort of inspired me to take on the challenge of doing something a little different subject matter-wise. In other words, I happily agreed to do some work for them.
My first cover assignment from them was to do a variant cover for Archie #17. This was the final issue of the intro of the Cheryl Blossom story line. I was given the gist of the the story and came up with a couple of ideas that I think captured the theme pretty well.
Quite frankly, I was excited to do either concept because I thought they were both pretty strong compositions that accurately conveyed the story. “B” was chosen, so that’s what I drew.
I was able to grasp the more modern slant on the characters quicker than I thought I would. Once I was happy with the expressions and the figure work, I started inking.
I did all of the inking with a brush except for the background circle. There I used a compass equipped with an ink pen. I scanned the piece and began coloring in photoshop.
As is the case almost every time I color, I spent twice as much time coloring the piece as I did penciling and inking it. I went back and forth on the back ground color as I also usually do before settling on the orange fade. I knew that Cheryl Blossom and the guys were going to be warm and I also knew that Veronica would be a monochromatic cool color to push her back a bit. So the logical choice was to go warm again for the background. This is basically a orange-blue complimentary color scheme.
I have to thank Adam Hughes for taking the time to share with me how he does his color holds, which I used on the Veronica figure in the background. It’s a simple trick of deleting the black line work and refilling it with color.
Anyway, that’s the finished cover and that’s all for now!