I recently got the opportunity to do the 75th Anniversary of the Flash alternative cover for Batgirl #38. The great Mark Chiarello offered me several options of cover choices and I chose Batgirl. Then came the trick of finding the right classic Batgirl cover to parody with the Flash. I went for the cover to Detective Comics #359 which is, of course, the first appearance of Batgirl. Could there be a better choice?
The process for me remains the same. I usually do several cover sketches to give the art director or editor some options to choose from. In this case, I had such a clear vision of what I wanted to do that I did only one.
Since I only sent one to Mark, he obviously chose this piece. I then I went on to pencil this cover sketch on full sized art board.
Once I got the final pencil finished, I got it approved and then went right to inking. I used a combination of brush and micron pens to finish this cover art. As you can see there are some minor changes from the pencil to the inks (for instance, Batman’s cape). I also made some changes after I scanned the image in photoshop but those were minor facial expressions.
I took this image and scanned it as a bit map/line art at 1500dpi. I then colored it in photoshop, trying my best to re-create the color scheme from the original Detective Comics #359 issue.
And that’s the finished product, sans any cover type or logos. This is the file I sent to DC and the rest is in their capable hands. This cover should come out in January 2015.