Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"Of wolf and man..."

This cover is spanking hot fresh! JUST finished it. The idea in my head for this cover was based off of the old tv serials, like “The 3 Stooges”, “Laurel and Hardy”, etc... They would always feel behind themselves before they turned around to see either Frankenstein, the big scary guy, or whoever else that was “threatening”. So since the movie this comic is based on takes a pg from The 3 Stooges, it seemed a no-brainer! Here now is the evolution of said cover!

First I laid out 2 quick sketches...

Next, I searched for reference on Google for a snarling wolf.
I came across an awesome photo by Tanja Askani, the photographer who took photos of the deer and rabbit that made their way all over the internet. I reversed the photo so it was facing the direction I needed, and then werewolfed it out!

Then I decided, since the characters are so big on the pg, it would be best to draw them smaller first, then pop it in to my artograph. An artograph is a projector that faces down on the tabletop surface. Once you put your smaller sketch inside of it, you can make the sketch much bigger, and to the size you need, and then trace off...

Before I popped the sketch into the artograph though, I scanned it in, and laid out the black placement in photoshop. I actually really like how this turned out, and if it wasn't SO scratchy, maybe I'd have used it! My roommate really liked it too..

The cover is all pencil, and digital inks. No REAL ink was used in the production of this cover!

I debated back and forth between red eyes and the yellow, but the yellow pops more, and they’ll also match the logo color close enough. So it’s not completely out of left field. The logo also has red, so it all worked out. Add to that, I was dead set on yellow eyes to begin with. Ever since I saw “An American Werewolf in London”, I thought they looked downright creepy. See “Salem’s Lot” too if you don’t believe me!


Mike Manley said...

Nice! I think the eyes could have been yellow or red since the blood is red/

Scott Cohn said...

thanks! the yellow definitely popped more. i even brought in councilman d'angelo for his input. we both concurred. he was also brought in for the aqua hue. it was originally more blueish purple, but felt it was then too close to the previous cover.