Tuesday, August 08, 2006
JESUS CHRIST....VS. VAMPIRES
This is a cover I did for my buddy Tim Seeley's book at Image, Loaded Bible. You should go check this book out.
I wanted to approach this cover from a new place. My last project was New Warriors, and that had a very animated, saturday morning cartoon feel. After 6 issues of that style, i wanted to play with some new techniques. this was a great chance to add some grit and grime to the overall feel of the piece. And, i added some blacks, with is a crazy thing for me. But I really liked the out come, and I think that this will be a style that I'll play with for awhile. I like the dark side of things, while still keeping it full of energy. Now, there are still a few spots that I feel I could have thought out more, and fixed a few spots, but overall, I'm feeling this one.
You can see here, that the idea started with the most elementry doodle. it's almost not even a readable image. But I knew what was going to happen. the rough sketch, my version of pencils. That's all I do for pencils. I ink myself, so I like to still make some decisions when inking. It keeps in fun. I used to try and make my pencils super tight, but i'm all about the energy of a drawing. the inks will be tight later. Then the inks. I used pens, nibs, brush, black and white inks. I tried it all. what ever gets the job done.
And then the colors. i just wanted it to be simple. At first, I had everyone in gray, even Jesus. But Tim pointed out that Jesus got lost in the colors, and he was right. So, I slightly adjusted his skin tone to make him stand out. But I still wanted it subtle. I also added the image with the title...thanks Tim!