I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Making a Marvel Comic Book cover part 3

The final variant Wolverine/Patch cover image! Click on for a larger one.

Time to execute. After a couple of bouts doubting, hesitating and some redo's I arrived at a finished pencil. I hope I had done enough leg work for the variables that lay ahead--barring accidents and the odd thing I didn't plan on. My thumbnail had the foliage behind Logan in a light green but in the final I decided to keep all the elements in a yellow gold. A color mock-up of the composition helped me relax about applying the final colors.

The first thing on was a light watercolor wash over the shapes. After that was dry I started on flesh tones and then Logan's face. If you mess this part up then you can pack it up and start over. I had not done what the veterans would do to eliminate a complete redo. They'd pencil it in, ink it and seal it all under varnish or matte medium. That way if you falter you can scrub all the paint back to the drawing underneath. Thankfully with all the limbering up and re-draws I got the Logan face I wanted. With that clinched I went on to the other crucial face and skin tones for Jessan.

Next I had to key in the darkest values of Logan's head. I didn't want to use actual black, even for his pants and shoes. It also helps to keep the other elements from stealing focus from ol' Wolvie. I even muted the contrast of Jessan's face and dress so our hero stands out. After that the only big-ish challenge is the shawl pattern. I like intricate design but I din't want the fabric to be angry with detail. Then all that's left was defining the tux, his claws, the plant leaves and pot.

I sent an image of the cover to Marvel and they were very happy with it. To be honest, I was very happy with it myself. It was something I wanted to try out and see how I'd do and the result was not too bad. I hope I get to do this again so I get better at it. Thanks for reading this far. I hope you get a chance to find this variant cover. I should order this myself: Uncanny X-Men #7. Cheers!

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Blogger SalBa CombĂ© said...


8:10 AM

Blogger Nikhita said...

Wow!! Awesome work! Love the process, thanks for sharing it. :)
Is it complete now?

2:14 AM

Blogger jLou said...

Wow, love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing your whole process :)

2:27 PM

Blogger Different By Design said...

"The process is the process, but then you need a spark of genius." You've got the spark! Turned out awesome and I enjoyed the behind the scenes peek. Thanks for sharing.

2:39 PM

Blogger Ronnie said...

Thank you, Salba. This was fun to make. Let's see how the printed cover turns out. Crossing my fingers.

Nikhita, I sent it to Marvel a couple of weeks ago. They must be producing it now. Hope it works well with their plans.

Different by design. You are too kind. I work with a lot of certified geniuses in my career. I get inspired and steal their mojo mostly.

Jlou--Wait, you went to Palawan! I know those lizards! And the underground river system. That was amazing to do. Too short for me. I want to go back and do the entire length and come out the other side of that mountain.

I notice you all do art. Good stuff. Thanks for posting.


8:19 PM

Blogger Riley MacGregor said...

Hey cool Marvel Comic stuff - looks amazing...

12:45 PM

Blogger Veeyah Penero said...

You, sir, are AWESOME!
Fr. Dan Isidro has told so much about you and your success as an animator! Hoping to follow in your footsteps in the next years!

12:24 AM

Blogger Randy Bantog said...

Beautiful piece!

4:56 PM

Blogger pacardz said...

Kinda like double 'O' wolverine...

(a guy from naga city, PH, had a pic with you after dinner, on your visit.

12:32 AM


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