As I just recently posted, I now have the rights back to my DC Comics creation Garbage Man. I am in the process of getting the art and lettering files from DC and then plan on collecting the whole saga in a Trade Hardcover along with some new art and a whole new Garbage Man story.
In the meantime, I thought I would post a short blog about my process for creating the Garbage Man promo piece you see on my home page of this website. This is short and sweet but I think interesting none-the-less.
I was a little under the gun to come up with a promo piece that was going to be used at a DC panel at a convention. I can’t remember which convention but I do remember I had to turn it around rather quickly. This was about 10 years ago and I was just starting to color my own covers so I was hardly proficient at it. I’m not exactly fast now but I am at least I know everything in my photoshop tool bar.
I had an idea to incorporate the logo into the art and produced the black and white version fairly quickly. (Note: the “zip” patterns in his color splotches were added in photoshop at a later date and are not on the original black and white illustration.
I started to do color flats on the art in photoshop which is the most tedious job of the entire digital coloring process. After about an hour in, I started thinking that I could paint the image faster than I could color it in photoshop.
So using my Epson Stylus Photo Printer, I printed out the black and white art on a sheet of 13X19 epson radiant white watercolor paper. I’m not sure why I thought the ink would be waterproof but thankfully it was. So in a matter of about two hours I painted the promo piece print out with watercolors. If I had colored it in photoshop, it would have taken me days.
So now I essentially have two original pieces of art for this image. One is the actual pencil and inks on illustration board and the other is the painted color done over a black and white digital print out.
That’s it. Stay tuned for more Garbage Man news as I get closer to putting the book together.