Latest Wonder Woman Cover

I have returned to Wonder Woman! Well, not exactly. I recently drew an issue and more recently I got to draw a cover for issue #79. In fact, I just got approached by DC to draw a couple of more upcoming Wonder Woman covers; issues# 84 and 85 to be precise. It is not a full fledged return to the character but a nice chance to revisit a little bit.

Let’s take a look at how the cover to Wonder Woman #79, my first Wonder Woman cover in years, came to together.

Terry Dodson is/was the regular cover artist for the book but apparently couldn’t squeeze in the cover to #79 amongst his other pressing deadlines so the editors called old reliable, me. I had very little time to execute the cover but I still had to come up with multiple cover sketches.

Now, taking into consideration that we were on a very tight deadline with hardly any turn around time, which cover do you think they chose? Of course, this one. I cried for about 30 seconds and then got to work.

Because of the limited amount of time to get this done and the fact that I was inking the cover myself, I didn’t feel the need to go super tight with the pencils. Let’s face it, I just didn’t have the time. But clearly there is enough here to go forward with the inking.

My usual combination of brush and pen got the job done on time. Now as I have stated many many times before, I am not a very fast colorist. This job needed a fast colorist. So who did we call? Brian Miller, of course! And as usual, he came through with flying colors (pardon the pun).

This my friends is where the story comes to an end. From start to finish I think this cover got stretched out over 4 days. Not a lot of time to think, just do. And we did. All in all a pretty nice and successful cover.

As my old commercial art boss used to say, “never turn down a job, just figure out how you are going to get it done later.”

Rockin’ the Archie 1955 Cover

I think it has been a while since I posted anything on my blog. Why, you may ask? Because I am only one man! I have to keep my instagram, twitter and facebook pages constantly updated and I just launched a new youtube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp4_R0gRK1c&t=727s). Not to mention I’m getting ready to crowdfund Garbage Man AND I am putting together a new 20 year anniversary hardcover sketchbook. Oh, I almost forgot, I draw comics full time. (Oh, I’m also working on Episode 6 of Kit Carter)……and now I just realized I have completely forgotten about my Deviant Art page.

But enough about me. Let’s get on with the art! Let’s take a look at how I put together/created the cover for Archie 1955 #1.

Anytime you do a 50’s era rock ‘n roll cover, Elvis has to be involved somehow. They wanted Archie as a fledgling rock ‘n roll star so I immediately thought to put him in an Elvis pose with the screaming girls around him.

Everyone liked it, so I got right to it. I found a picture of Elvis in this pose that I knew existed because I had it in my head from someplace. I used that for reference and created the pencil drawing to the cover. Sadly, like the dweeb I continue to be, I forgot to scan the pencil art and went instead right to the inks.

Here I am using a much cleaner style than I would on my superhero work because I wanted to do most of the work in the coloring process. Also, I would like to note that the girl on the bottom left is my daughter. This is her second cover appearance. Her first was Wonder Woman #25 when she was in pre-kindergarten. Now she is 17. I inked most of this with a brush, using a pen mainly for the straight end stuff and to even out some of the contour lines.

Next I scanned it as a bit map at around 1200 dpi and colored it in photoshop.

The pink and mint green seemed very 50’s to me and gave the cover a bit of a romantic feel to it. It is simple but maybe my favorite Archie cover so far.

I really enjoy working on these covers as they take me away from what I normally do and challenge me to think in more classic illustration terms.

Thanks for stopping by and I will try and be more regular in my posting.