I got the green light from DC to share some of the new covers I have been working on, so first up is the Batman. Along with the finished image, I have posted the line art (drawn in pencil) before I took it into Photoshop for color, and the initial sketch. As you can see, I completed the background completely in Photoshop, where I also drew the rope of Batman's grappling hook (Bathook?).
When I started coloring, I planned for the usual Batman night shot and went so far as to make an entire night-time city scape for the background. I had spotlights flying around, with a huge beam back-lighting Batman. However, even after many hours of noodling, I was really dissatisfied with what I was getting and decided to scrap almost everything (I did save the BG for possible later use). So, I started over, and instead built a new city (primarily with the line tool and transformations) based on a great old image of art deco buildings and inspiration I drew from the Batman animated series backgrounds. After a lot of experimentation, I eventually wound up with what could be seen as an early morning shot. I figure Batman has been out all night doing his thing. It was a background gradient that really inspired me to pop the sun out, and I hope it works. He has to be out in daylight sometimes, right?
More to come.