6/9/12

Sword of Sorcery

DC Comics has announced several new series to relaunch a bunch of characters. One of those series is SWORD OF SORCERY, a fantasy book featuring a re-imagined Amethyst, a DC character not seen much since the '80s.

All of the new series incorporate the same cover theme: the main character bursting out of a page from their old comic. DC already had a new design for Amethyst, so I just drew the figure on a white background like you see here, and they placed it on their background for the final cover. You can check out the final version and an interview with the book's creators here.

I drew this in pencil and colored it in Photoshop. I struggled with the fairly complex shapes and varied surfaces of the new design at first, and especially with trying to find the right shades of purple and gold. The end result is a little more polished than my usual approach, but the armor and gemstones seemed to lead it that direction. The amethysts studding her costume wound up being my favorite part.

8 comments:

Unknown said...

As always, an awesome effort on your part, mate!! Great eyes! Hope to see you in Baltimore this year.

Scott Forbes said...

Beautiful work as usual, Josh. Glad to see some new cover work from you too!

Andr-X said...

Great

Zac Dozier said...

Really nice looking cover Josh. Are you going to be doing any more for the book, or is this a one off sort of job?

Chris said...

Lovely rendering. Nice to see a female superhero who's not exposing a ton of skin for no reason!

Chad Minshew said...

It's always a delight to see a fresh update on the blog. Inspiring work, as always!

devilmonkey said...

Dude! The faceting on the gems is awesome. Excellent work as always!

devilmonkey said...

Dude! The faceting on the gems is awesome. Excellent work as always!