2/26/10

Supergirl 50


Here is my cover for Supergirl 50. I started this one by coloring an extremely rough pencil sketch for editorial approval, thinking I would redraw the line art for a cleaner foundation to color later, but kept working on the original color sketch so much that it wound up being the final cover.

Supergirl is imprisoned in amber, which was quite difficult to render and have look right without obscuring too much of the figure or her colors. I didn't do much with the background either since it is largely covered by the logo and other type. I'm still not sure if I quite pulled it off, but I ran out of time and had to call the cover done.

I used both Photoshop and Painter for this one; Painter primarily for hair and washes of color on the figure, and Photoshop for everything else. I probably could have done it all in Photoshop with the same end result, but I do enjoy coloring looser drawings in Painter.

That's all for now.

Joshua

2/21/10

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths


Well, it sure has been a while. I am very sorry for neglecting the blog for such a long time, but I have been extremely busy with all sorts of things, including a new job and moving to a new place. I am starting to get my schedule under control, so hopefully I can start posting here more regularly.

Here is the cover to Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths, a Warner Brothers animated movie, available on DVD, Blu-ray February 23. The cover was drawn by Phil Bourassa with clean-up by Dusty Abell and colored by me.

I can only recall one other instance in which I colored another artist's work, which was a pin-up for Marvel a very long time ago, so this was a fun new challenge. Luckily, Phil and Dusty are both excellent artists, so my job was a lot easier. While I originally set out to color the drawing in a fairly straightforward cel-shaded style, we wound up going for a somewhat more painterly finish. My challenge was to render in such a way as to not overpower the clean line art. I colored with Photoshop CS4.

The film itself is excellent, so I highly recommend picking up a copy. I believe it is the best of the WB/DC Comics animated DVDs thus far. The official site has lots more info and imagery to enjoy.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and I'll do my best to not keep you waiting so long next time.

Joshua