2/2/08

Supergirl





Here is a look at the first of a series of covers I am working on featuring DC Comics' heroines. I will post details on where and when they will be published when that information becomes available.

Along with the Photoshop-colored finish, I have posted a detail image to better show the line quality, something I am often asked about. I have also posted the art as it looks on the board, and finally the original thumbnail sketch I sent my editor for approval.

Supergirl's pose was inspired by a picture of a Japanese model kit/figurine I spotted while flipping through a magazine. I don't know anything about the figurine, but I sure wish I owned it. The Japanese are the best sculptors in the business. I was approached many years ago with the possibility of producing a statue based on the Psylocke cover I did for Marvel. My delight quickly turned to horror with the realization that the sculpting would be done by the same folks responsible for the many American superhero busts and action figure abominations out there. Thankfully, it was never produced. I still look forward to the day when I can be involved in the production of a high-quality figure with one of the good Japanese outfits. I'd love to see some figures based on Sky Between Branches characters gracing my shelf one day.

Speaking of Branches, some of you may notice the composition/theme of this Supergirl piece is very similar to a Sky Between Branches image I produced a while back. Let's all just pretend I am not completely out of ideas.

Thanks for stopping by.

Joshua

40 comments:

Steve99 said...

Amazing Josh! This cover and Sky Between Branches image!

Tomorrow I insert your blog between my favourite link! -_^

ciauz
Steve99

Jamie S. Rich said...

Wow, Josh. That is just tremendously lovely.

Tom Scholes said...

MmmHMM! Love this one. Can't help but love the sketch too, a few things I even like better in it.

mordicai said...

Echo all earlier sentiments: I really like this.

Scott Forbes said...

This is amazing!
I love how you have incorporated a natural feeling to the rather mechanical superhero world.
Also, I hate to say it, but I was missing the way you drew the hair in the New Mutant years, so it's nice to see it back :P
This and the last JLA cover are some of your best ones to date!

Let me know if you want me to put these up on the site.

Scott

Kyle Bice said...

Thanks for the details! It's nice to see up close what you're amazing line work looks like.
Great work yet again!
Kyle

Leprechaun_Smurf said...

Amazing work as always!!

Dylan said...

beautiful pic, thanks for putting up all the stages too.

John 'Roc' Upchurch said...

beautiful

Jason said...

Four others have already said it, but: Amazing. That pose is awesome, and I'm always interested by process shots.

Thanks!

jason

Lucho said...

Really beautiful

Paul said...

Josh, this is sooo beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.

Paul

mike said...

that's gorgeous. both those images.

Fabrizio said...

Whoa! Your stuff is dangerous to my heart health! :-D I'm totally amazed

Fab

Manny Mederos said...

Well done, love the composition and balance between Supergirl and the seagulls. The color scheme is very soft which I can see how its inspired from the Japanese figurine. Well done. I'll make sure to post you blog on my LINKS section.
~MANNY

Mirella said...

Wow, is beautifull!!
I love your style!!

Gianfranco Goria said...

I talked about you today in my daily news agency afNews http://www.afnews.info.
Best!
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Patrick Ballesteros said...

Hi Josh,

Just had to post on here that I really enjoy your line quality. There is such a nice rhythm and flow to it reminiscent of Mr. Alphonse Mucha.

Kudos to you sir, can't wait to see more!

mike choi said...

beautiful...

as the great philosopher carly simon once said, "nobody does it better."

Fabio... said...

Molto bella!

Wayne Parker said...

Hey Josh, awesome work. I've been a fan of your stuff for a minute. Even posted you on my blog (www.duanewayne.blogspot.com) as one of the coolest artistic sites to visit. Keep up the splendid work and I'll be back to check for future updates. Take care

Joshua Middleton said...

Thanks to the familiar names as well as the newcomers for the thoughtful comments. I also really appreciate the folks who have talked about my work on their own sites.

All the best,

Joshua

Nonie said...

This is beautiful :) I bought NYX back when it first came out because of the awesome cover and really loved the art but somehow didn't find you online until now... Great stuff!

COMIKXGUY said...

really nice josh

i'd like to suggest collaborating with clayburn moore to make your statues

as far as action figures are concerned, i don't know but an artist you like who can give that fantasy quality

Carla C.M.L said...

Es precioso, gracias por mostrarlo. Un beso!

Arne said...

Genius way of portraying weightlesness!

Chris M. said...

Effing brilliant.

IVAN said...

incredible work!!! Ivan

Ted said...

Awesome pic Josh i really hope DC makes it a poster.
If I have some free time i'll see what I can do about a Middleton based sculpture.

Connor Willumsen said...

Personally, I think this is one of the better things you've done as of late, it has the perfect mood.

I'm curious what your rationale was for cropping off the cape at the top? I quite like the short cape in the original sketch.

Keep up the good work,

k. borcz said...

This is pretty! I love the gulls and it's neat to see the steps that it takes to get to the final image.

Arley Tucker said...

Wow. I have always admired your work, and this cover is just another reason why. Beautiful.

Andres said...

Wonderful Work! Really!
Can I make a test color on this schetch, too?
Thanks...
Andres

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