Daredevil #1, Page 2, Panel 6. 2011.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on Marvel board, 11 × 17.25″.
My girlfriend took me on a Daredevil tour of the city last weekend—completely by accident. We had always wanted to see the Cloisters, so we made a day of it, but as we meandered back down Manhattan, we were unwittingly visiting the landmarks from the first 3 issues: The Cloisters, the building I based the law offices on (both from issue 1), The High Line (issue 2), and the West Side Highway intersection where he fights Klaw (issue 3). It helped that the last 3 landmarks are all near each other, but it was serendipitous, nonetheless.
When I did the above panel, I was basing it entirely off of other people's photos (OPP!) that I found on-line, as well as a Google Maps 3D model of the place. It was nice to finally see it in person, though it was strange to know a place so well that I'd never actually visited. As you can see, I made some minor changes to the courtyard, gutting most of the garden, and putting a large tree on the right (for DD to swing around).
As usual, it all starts with a rough layout, upon which I overlay digital guidelines. I still need to dedicate a series of posts to my perspective template, but I'm planning to offer it as a download, hopefully via Kickstarter. I'm beefing it up so it's worth it. For more of the Cloisters reference that went into this sequence, check out WRW, No. 157.