Patrick Wedge made a passing reference to this cover in the comments for the Weird Western sketch. Small wonder that Geof Darrow picked idea number three. The others were pretty weak.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is another cover that was thrown at me cold. No ideas from the editor, they just wanted something that fit the title. I came up with this sketch but DC said they already had a similar piece from someone else. So that was that...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I did this for Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada's Ash comic in the 90's.
The thumbnail sketch is very small, about two inches wide. From there I went to an 8.5 x 11" layout, copied it, filled in some black areas with a marker and finally the final art. I didn't save a copy of the pencils.
I like the layout better than the final version. It lost something.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The evolution of a cover, from Mike Mignola's sketch to intermediate layouts to final pencils and inks. The three panels at the bottom were dropped when they didn't work on the cover of #1. I liked them but Mike thought they were getting in the way.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
No time for a post today, so here's Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson(?) drinking and pretending to draw while a blonde lady yells at them.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This one was bit of a challenge. As I've mentioned elsewhere, José intended to ink this series himself so the first two issues weren't quite as finished as the final one. Most of it was clear enough for me to take directly to inks but a few pages threw me. His approach to Gotham City is different from mine and from what I've seen, is based on NYC. I wasn't always sure what to do with the buildings shown here. Generally, when it comes to Gotham City, I follow the old Wallace Wood adage: "When in doubt, black it out". But as you can see, we have two distinct layers of action and making the background black just won't work, even with little slivers of light to represent windows. I could do it if I changed the lighting on Batman; lit him from both sides instead of one or used a rim light. The black area on his cape in the upper left would probably get lost if the building behind it was also black. No, the more I thought about it, the foreground needed to be darker and the background lighter. We needed a lot of contrast to show the distance between the two.
On the left you see José's pencils. On the right you can see the same panel after I inked all of the foreground images and was starting to firm up some of the background details. You can check out the printed book to see if we pulled it off, and how much the colorist, David Baron, helped us out.
No big surprises here, but I held onto scans of the layouts, pencils and inks so I thought this would be worth posting to show the way things developed from rough idea to final colors. This was published in DC's "52", number 13, 2006. It's the first of two pages.
I've liked this character since I first saw him in Detective Comics in the 60's. I don't remember which issue it was but the story had some beautiful Carmine Infantino art. For a change, he was doing his own inks and even though they were a little "scratchy" compared to Anderson and Giella, they looked great to my young eyes. Lots of energy and imaginative design work.
Those early stories were always fun, with bits of good natured humor.
DC is using this in their promotional material so I guess it's okay to show the whole page here now. The image size is about 16" x 22"! This is for Mark Chiarello's Wednesday Comics project so it'll be printed very close to original art size. Needless to say, I'm inking it tight.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Here's a link to a page with some art for sale. Do I really have to tell people to click on the thumbnails to see larger images, or do we all know that by now?
I should also point out that I have a few preliminary sketches for sale on eBay this week. You can find them here.
Posted by Kevin Nowlan at 2:18 PM
Monday, May 4, 2009
Let's make a guessing game out of this. I just got the first page of pencils for my next inking job. Once again, it's over the amazing José Luis Garcia-Lopez, but for now that's all I'm saying. If you inspect the pencil scan you'll figure out the rest.