Friday, January 22, 2010

Guess who's a R.E.B.E.L. now?

Above is the cover art to R.E.B.E.L.S. #15. It's notable for a couple of reasons. First off I tried a new (to me anyway) technique here. After drawing Starfire the usual way, in blue pencil and pen on bristol, and scanning the line art, which looked like this:

I printed it out again, smaller, on some nice paper and laid down the skin tones using a brush and inkwash, which looked like this:

Yeah, I flipped it at this point, thinking it worked better, but was asked to flip it back for final. Which is what you see up top, digital colors and hand painted tones married together, huzzah.

Secondly, this cover features *wait for it* the return of a signature! Or, if you're a purist about such things, the return of a name. Aren't you glad you read all the way to the bottom for that tid-bit...?



If the goddamn flu wasn't killing me last friday, I'm sure it would have made my day. Well, it made it today!!

Tim Baron said...

Beautiful work. Love the inkwash.

Kalman said...

Thanks guys, much appreciated!

The inkwash was fun. Trying to think of ways to incorporate it into other illustrations.