Friday, November 30, 2018

Black Panther # 7

BLACK PANTHER VOL. 7 #7. 2018.
Gouache on bristol board & digital, 11 × 17″.


detail of raw scan

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 396

BLACK PANTHER VOL. 7 #6. 2018.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 × 17″. Full details.

For this cover, I received some help from Massimiliano Failla, an Italian artist I'd been corresponding with over the years. Aside from being a traditional artist, he was familiar with DAZ Studio, a 3D app that's been sitting, unused, on my iMac for years. He was kind enough to create a lighting mock up for me, and so I hired him to do more. I'm slowly learning the program myself, but he helped me out when I was in a pinch.

The other 3D models are from Anatomy360.info (which is not just great, but easy to use). The Colt 1911 is a model that I lit in Photoshop. As usual, the stellar layout was provided by Daniel Acuña. The issue is out today, full details at Marvel.


Almost too much reference... almost


digital color study


digital pencils


layout by Daniel Acuña


detail of raw scan

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Star Wars: Age of Republic — Count Dooku #1

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC — COUNT DOOKU #1. 2018.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Available on February 13, 2019. Full details at Marvel.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 395

ALIEN 3 Cover. 2018.
Gouache (by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

The first issue of Alien 3 is out! Full details here. My dad, Joe Rivera, painted over my digital pencils for this variant cover, and I colored it in Photoshop. This was a brand new way of working for us, but I was quite happy with the results. He first tested the technique over a Diego Rivera panel, whose style I was trying to reference.


all reference found online


gouache painting by my Pops!


blue-line print of digital pencils


digital pencils


digital layouts


test paint by my Pops! (over Diego Rivera)


early version with different lighting


gouache on bristol by my Pops!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 394

PLANET OF THE APES: VISIONARIES. 2018.
Photoshop and Procreate, 2750 × 4175 px.

This is the cover for Planet of the Apes: Visionaries, a graphic novel based on Rod Serling's original screenplay. You can see a preview here. I also have a limited number of signed copies that you can purchase at my online shop.

The painting was done digitally, mostly in Photoshop, with a brief interlude in Procreate while I was on vacation. You can see a time lapse of that segment on my Instagram page.


I use my phone on selfie mode to take reference


digital color study


digital sketch


digital layouts


Man vs. Ape!

by Dana Gould and Chad Lewis