Archie and Cheryl Blossom Cover

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!

6 thoughts on “Archie and Cheryl Blossom Cover

  1. Interesting way to do color holds. I usually select my line art (magic wand) and with the pen tool go over the lines I want colored. I might try his way one day.

    • That’s how I used to do it but I have always liked the way Adam’s color holds looked so I finally asked him what he did. I like this way better:)

  2. Thanks for sharing. I´m not an artist but love art and it´s great to read how you create a cover. Very useful for aspiring artists and very illustrative for those who don´t.

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