10/25/07

JLA Classified 52





Here is the cover for JLA Classified issue 52. These are being done out of order for solicitation purposes. I'm working on the cover for issue 54 now, and I will jump back for issues 51 and 53, which will complete the arc.

For those who might be interested in how one of these covers comes together, I have included some images of the different stages of production. First, I submit a sketch, sometimes based on the editor's suggestion, or sometimes based on my own ideas after reading the script. In this case, I submitted 2 sketches, one of the editor's concept, the other my own (I only posted my own, as we might still use the other one later). Editorial favored my take, and I was given the green light to produce the final.

I went to work straightaway on the full-size board without any other roughs because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do, and I was a little pressed for time. I drew the entire piece in blue pencil, then went straight to inks, employing technical pens for most of the job.

I have posted the drawing as it actually looks after scanning, and then the cleaned-up line art after removing the blue lines in Photoshop and adjusting the levels for a pure black line.

All of the color was produced in Photoshop. The cover was completed over the course of two days.

J

24 comments:

JRiddle said...

pretty Amazing! just as always...

I just think your draws are AWESOME!
You've done an incredible job, and i can't wait to see the covers 51, 53, and 54.

Good Luck with your next proyect

Scott Forbes said...

Look's great J!
Glad to see the steps involved when creating a cover. I really like the Jabba/Leia vibe going on.
Hope everything is going well and whenever you get a chance, send me a copy and I'll throw it up on the site.
All the best.
Scott
(PS Sorry for all the emails, hope you got them alright)

David Cousens said...

Excellent colours Josh, as always! Have you ever posted a tutorial/process shots of how you colour pics on Photoshop?

Spud said...

Very cool cover, I love how you tackle wonder woman. Her figure is amazing. Great lines and softness... My favourite so far!!

mikolaj said...

Man ! that is realy good ! i like that kind of tutorials
Peace bro !

Tim.Agen said...

Speaking of Wonder Woman, any chance we'll see March's WWoman piece show up on a comic, or better, a poster?

Joshm said...

Another great to add to the collection! I can't help feeling like she should be struggling more, but that's most likely why you're the pro and I'm not. :) Keep up the great work, man!

Brian said...

I'm with you and editorial on this one as the close up of WW is much more dynamic and interesting.

Thanks for the behind the scenes peak at the creative process.

Colin Harris said...

I really dont get how a human can get such clean,unfaltering lines. Its looks so perfect and like it could have been computer generated. I guess thats why you're are a professional artist and Im not!! LOL :)

Colin Harris said...

BTW Many thanks for this post as it answer the questions I posted in an earlier post. BTW why do comic artists always use blue pencils when doing their first drafts?

SushiXav said...

very interesting step by step !

Randy Bantog said...

i like your drawing style, it's real refreshing.

Colin Harris said...

BTW Do you use any reference material or can you just produce this kind of work straight from your head??

Chloe said...

I love how you post your process! Your artwork is amazing, I love watching to see what you will post next!

sara said...

i'm a your BIG fan...my God your work is so exciting...

fercho said...

Great!! How you do make for give color?? only photoshop? You´re the master comander jajaja...
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arnie said...

ah ha! see what happens when post very little. i almost forgot where your blog was. nice to see so many lovely's from you again...

peace out

Frasier Olivier said...

beutifull!!!You have a wonderfull style.You have some very nice stuff in your blog...Bravo...

rouliette said...

I've just seen your sandman sketches, The character is even more good looking drawn by you.
what a pity the project didn't come together

Toyebot said...

Great to see the ruff sketches! Thx
Love your stuff.

Ramses said...

Great stuff!

Pipocalavera said...

Fine, expert art. But I have to say thet it got not enough intention. Tehre is a lack of movement. I say that cause i haven't too and i'm searching for it. And Because I love your art, the sense of color, the elegant draws I ought to notice that.
1 hug.

Pipocalavera said...

Sorry i'm a f***ing ignorant. I'm asking you something..what a fool. Sorry

Pipocalavera said...

Sorry i'm a f***ing ignorant. I'm asking you something..what a fool. Sorry