|SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #4 (variant cover). 2017.|
Gouache & Photoshop on bristol board, 11 × 17″.
The time has finally come: Shirtless Bear-Fighter #4 is out in the wild. Below you'll find all the reference and research that went into the painting — except, of course, the photos of my lovely wife, who refuses to acknowledge her crucial role in this debauchery.
|Sorry, guys — wife said I couldn't post her pic.|
I ran out of time on this painting and had to finish the rest digitally (in one flapjack-fueled all-nighter). Below is the unfinished painting. The trade dress and faux wear & tear were already prepped in Photoshop, so all I had left to do was render the details. I used Kyle T. Webster's brushes, mostly his gouache set, including my own modifications.
|final image, no trade dress|
|unfinished original painting|
|digital drawing/color study|
I contracted Manny Mederos to do the logo for me, sending him some of my favorite Men's Magazines covers for inspiration. He gave me back several to choose from and I couldn't have been happier with the result. Perhaps we should do another?
|digital layout (with logos by Manny Mederos)|
|additional reference found online|
|detail of raw scan|
|detail of final digital rendering|
|gouache painting process|