Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wacky Reference Wednesday, No. 168

Daredevil #10. 2011. Ink on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Daredevil #10 hits shelves today (and is available digitally as well). And while this cover has been around since last year, I thought I'd feature some of the reference that went into it.


I've posted these Sculptris maquettes previously, but for this cover, I tried using them in concert with another great (and free!) 3D program: Blender. I don't think it will become part of my typical work flow—it has almost too many features—but it made sense for this particular image (and besides, I wanted an excuse to experiment and learn the basics).



It was fairly simple to stage this scene by importing my maquettes and arranging them about a single light source. As you can see, the busts provided enough information to extrapolate shadows and render the full figures. This can actually be done in Photoshop CS5 Extended as well, but I find the interface a bit slow; its 3D capabilities are an added feature, not the main focus.


1. Digital Composite  2. Pencils (non-photo blue)  3. Inks

This faux-engraving style required such precision that I decided to ink it myself. My Dad could easily have inked it, but we'd essentially be doing everything twice, which would defeat the purpose of our assembly line process. Knowing that ahead of time, I penciled it completely in blue, which saved me from erasing anything prior to scanning. Total time was about 70 hours, some of which was recorded with the help of Mike Furth and The Comic Archive.


10 comments:

  1. Big fan of the faux engraving look. Loved the covers on the 1602 series, and this brings those to mind. Your patience knows no bounds.

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  2. This has to be my favorite cover you've done on Daredevil. Wow.

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  3. Still one of my all time favs! Incredible work Paolo, ya never cease to amaze :-)

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  4. This is easily in my top 10 favorite covers of all time. Absolutely beautiful work.

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  5. Just read the story underneath the cover--possibly my favorite work of yours on the series so far, especially the fight in the shiny cave. (Waid's script is also one of his strongest so far, so that helps the art too.)

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  6. Thanks, everybody! This issue was a blast.

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  7. Just beautiful - allowing your eyes to wander over it is almost like Zen meditation!

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    1. Thanks! I was definitely "in the zone" while I was inking it.

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  8. I know I am late on commenting on this one, but I'll go ahead. This is by far my favorite cover of yours. Really amazing stuff.

    Is this available as a print anywhere? This belongs up on my wall.

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    1. Thanks! I know they printed a poster of this a little while back. They've got one hanging at the Marvel office.

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