Holidays. I have felt no love this year. Last year, much love. This year... none.
I have had a huge lack of updates in the last few months and I'm going to do my best to remedy that in the coming year. For now, check out the cover to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #5
You can see here that I made a few changes along the way. I always do a thumbnail for approval. Most people will do 4 or more sketches for 1 cover. I don't really like to do that. It tends to split my attention and I'll just do 4 weak drawings, usually the weakest getting picked to be the cover. So I take a little extra time and try to nail one really good idea and go in with a little color to show where I plan to take it.
You'll notice here that I made a little change at every stage. When I started penciling (which is done digitally on the Cintiq), I decided to add more black to Oz's face. This helps give a more ominous feel and that he really is coming out of the darkness. After inking it (brush and ink), I decided that the smoke that swirled above his head looked a bit off and just brushed over. Once I started coloring it, I realized that the smoke felt out of place and felt like it was a bit of a different style. I just just couldn't make it look right so I just erased all the smoke. I tried to make the effects a bit more magical and I think it helps take the image to another world.
There you go, a little info into creating a cover. Thanks to all those who went out bought the first issue! Thanks for your great comments. (Except the guy that wanted his money back... haha, sorry brother)