Here is the cover for issue 13 of Vertigo's 'American Virgin' series. It is a departure from the usual because of its finish style and because it was created digitally from start to finish. I kept putting off the work until I was up against the deadline, so I sent in a rough idea drawn in Painter and Photoshop, which to my surprise was approved. I fully intended to draw the piece properly, but again I couldn't quite find the inspiration to drive me to the drawing board.
With two days to go before the deadline, I sat down at the computer to re-examine my sketch. I then decided to just go for it digitally, which was really an attempt to fool myself into working. I opened up the original sketch in Painter 9.5, dug up some reference where needed, and went to town. Eventually, I wound up with what we have here. I don't love the style and it needs further refining, but that is all she wrote for this one. I would have posted the original layout, but in my usual gung-ho style of eliminating unwanted art from my hard drive, I threw away my only copy and painted over the original file.
I've decided that I will retire from covers on American Virgin with issue 14. I'm tired of my whining.
Posted by Joshua Middleton