|Daredevil #1, Page 18. 2011. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on Marvel board, 11 × 17.25″.|
Most of the reference for this page comes from my digital archive of New York City rooftops, amassed over years of internet scouring. None of the images are mine, but were all found via Google Images and Flickr. You won't find a similar composition in the lot, but you will find buildings and architectural elements peppered throughout. The only reference photo I took myself is shown below, a hand poised to catch a returning billy club.
Here's a quick breakdown of the process from a Marvel Spotlight feature:
1. Layout: This is a 4 × 6″ comprehensive sketch that I show to my editors and collaborators for approval. Captions are included to ensure the page reads fluidly.
2. Digital Composite: Here I copy and paste the layout into my digital template and rearrange elements as needed. I then superimpose perspective guidelines to help with backgrounds and architecture. Borders are drawn in digitally to streamline the process.
3. Pencils: All the elements are fully rendered, Xs indicating solid black to the inker.
5. Finished Inks: He scans it and sends it back to me
6. Final Product: I make any final edits, including post-production transformations like the negative image in the last panel. This is turned in to my editor who passes it on to the colorist [Javier Rodriguez].