Damage Annual Cover…the process

So I had an exciting year that started off with the Marvin Martian/Martian Manhunter One-shot.  That was followed by a six-issue Wonder Woman/Conan mini-series and then ended with a three-issue Herculoid’s story.  Granted they are not best-selling properties but I wanted to do all three and I probably had the most fun year of drawing comics ever.

So what’s next?  Another low to moderately selling comic that looks like a lot of fun to draw, of course.  I am taking the over the reigns of DC’s newest monster/super-hero book, Damage.  Originally I was offered the Annual (out this month in August) as a filler but they liked how I handled the character and I was tapped to take over the regular series.

But the first thing I did was draw the cover for the annual, so let’s take a look at how I did that.

I started off with way too many cover concept sketches but I had no idea what was really going on in the issue so I threw out a lot of ideas.

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It’s unusual that one of my later ideas gets picked because the first couple you think of are usually the best.  Not in this case, however.  D and E were my two favorite cover ideas and D was selected.

I did a fairly tight pencil rough to get approval on because I made some slight alterations and size changes from the sketch.

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Once this was approved I added some details and then inked it.  I don’t have a more detailed scan of the pencils than this.  You’d think I would’ve learned by now to always scan my finished pencils but apparently not.

Anyway, here are the inks.  This was mostly done with a brush.  There is some pen work in there on some of the smaller stuff.

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I would love to take credit for coloring this, but I turned over the cover in this instance to the always great Brad Anderson.  He did another terrific job and the results are down below.

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I would never have thought to do the glowing embers in the background which works so nicely here.

Well, that’s it for now.  Let me remind you, if you are not reading my new Kit Carter strip go to the blog entry entitled:  Kit Carter…Finally! No, Really! for details!

See you next time and thanks for looking!