3/27/09

Supergirl 41 process pics

I was shooting a little reference for my next Supergirl cover when I noticed these old process pics from 41 still on the camera. For whatever reason, I never got around to posting them, so here they are now.



As you can see, I drew this cover in blue pencil, a Prismacolor Col-Erase 20044 Blue to be exact. I don't always draw in blue nowadays- it depends on the piece and how I am feeling at the time. In this case, I knew that I would be drawing the final in ink, so I decided to go with the blue and then straight to pen, skipping the graphite pencil altogether.



In the second image the blue pencil drawing is nearly done, save for Supergirl's skirt, which can be difficult to draw, although I generally enjoy drawing drapery. Maybe it is because her skirt is too short to allow for many folds, or because I often have to bend the rules of physics to protect Supergirl's modesty, but for whatever reason, the skirt is often drawn last. As you can see, I drew her entire body even though the skirt will cover her pelvis- it is very important to always "draw through" your images. You can see that Supergirl's leg is drawn through Superwoman's body as well.



Here I am inking the blue pencils, though I don't mean "inking" in the traditional comic book sense, in that I am not going in with lineweights and spotting blacks. I was after a simple line drawing so that I could have plenty of room for color later, so I just drew the image in ink in much the same way as I would if I were using a graphite pencil. There are occasions where I will ink with lineweights and spot heavier blacks, but then I would probably use a brush. When I choose not to ink at all and draw the final in graphite, it is usually because I want to maintain a little more delicacy to the drawing while working on it. After scanning and adjusting, it doesn't really matter what I used to draw the image as long as the line quality is good.

The pen is a regular disposable technical pen, of which there are several good brands. Most popular is probably the Pigma Micron series, which I like, but sometimes hurt my index finger due to the way I grip the pen (my finger falls right on the seam where the pen tapers for the cap to fit). Staedtler and Copic also make good pens. I think I am using a Copic Multiliner here. As is always the case, the best tools are what works for you.

I hope these pictures are of some interest. If nothing else, they help give a sense of scale to the art. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Joshua

30 comments:

Kat - Katarzyna Pusciastova said...

Great one! I think I'll take some notes down regarding the blue pencil :P
Btw I use the Micron too :)
cheers!

Juggling Jason said...

I like this a great deal! If you feel so inclined someday, I would love a peek at your coloring process!

Thanks for this!

Alberto Madrigal said...

Thanks for the images. It's cool to see how another artist work.

Cheers

Angilram said...

Your lines are so delicate and elegant, it's a real pleasure to look at them. I, for one, enjoy WIP, they're usually as interesing as the end result in itself. I hope you'll post more.

Janderson said...

Thank you :)
Cheers
Jands

Carol H. said...

Thanks for showing us your process and describing it for us. You draw so beautifully and the flow is always so elegant. Did you draw the skirt folds from imagination or do you use some kind of reference when you draw drapes?

Scott Forbes said...

Thank you for showing a bit of your process. I always find it fascinating to see how artists approach their illustrations, so thank you Josh.

All the best!
Scott

Anj said...

Thanks for the great pics and commentary!

I think it is always interesting to hear about the creative process from beginning to ending.

For example, the tidbit about Supergirl's skirt being the last thing drawn is the sort of 'behind the scenes' stuff I like hearing.

BTW, great variant on Wonder Woman this month too!

Rubens Bernardino da Silva - RB SILVA said...

WOW!! Fantastic process,very very very nice!!! You're the man!

Mimi Cortazar said...

Great line art...I like this :)

RAWLS said...

Looks great my friend!!

Pop-Monkey said...

Thanks for posting those. I always enjoy seeing process work from artists I like!

OLIVER said...

wuoah! LOVELY!

Joe Romano 2 said...

Great stuff. Thanks for the insight on how you put your images together. Keep up the great work.

Francesca Paolucci said...

Cool!

Craig Phillips said...

I always enjoy these process posts. It is nice to see the original line work! Great piece as always.
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Parka said...

Nice. It's always great to see background work on comics.

Brian Lue Sang said...

Good stuff, sir. Thanks for sharing!

Clopsybot said...

Thanks for sharing your process. Knowledge like this is invaluable. Your art looks amazing by the way.

Zac Dozier said...

Thanks for sharing. I'm a process junkie, so I enjoyed this a lot.

I like the Prismacolor Col-Erase 20044 Blue pencils too. I used to use the Prismacolor Col-Erase 20028 Non-Photo Blue pencils, but found them much to light and hard to read on a page.

Mauricio said...

Thank you for posting this, I like to see these as much as a final image.

Enrique Fernandez said...

Great and interesting explanation of how you work. And as always ,great work.
Thanks for the visit on my blog and the nice comment.

drewB said...

Have you used the Prismacolor disposables? Just got a set of Rapidographs for my inking, but I like the Prismacolors as well.

Laoguy said...

You've done it again! Beautiful and clean details. Supergirl is winding up and she's going to get a KO.

Bade said...

really beautiful work... amazing details... greetings

Pablo Hernández Delgado said...

+ your line is amazing man!!

Katy Hargrove said...

I really enjoy your work and the posts about your process are very insightful. Thank you!

Janus Lu said...

Hello Joshua, i just found your blog through google. Wow! You got an interesting and nice art blog. This is cool!
Great skill!!! :)

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