Issue 4 is out tomorrow, and I'm excited for people to see it! This is my favorite one yet. It has 4 covers that connect to form one big image featuring all the major players, so you can choose your favorite or collect them all.
Here's a B&W preview:
I did some Batman Beyond sample pages a while ago. Here they are:
Those pages were my second draft. With my first pass I went to full inks. Here they are next to the pencils:
The editor thought the inks were too sketchy and didn't fit into the style already established in the Beyond comics, and he was right. So I did them over as just pencils, and it gave me the rare opportunity to fix some of the things I wasn't happy with in the first pages. I also changed the armor design of the Vigilante character to something more clunky and less sleek based on the editorial notes I got from round 1.
Here are all of the LOTSC sketch covers that went out to retailers as part of Aspen's incentive program for issue 1. There are 100 in total. I did them each pretty quickly at about 15-20 min each, but they still seemed to take forever. 100 is a big number.
There was initially a mix-up at the printer where the covers were mistakenly printed on a glossy paper stock, and before the problem was corrected I had already made my way through a big chunk of them. The glossy texture was almost impossible to do any underdrawing on, but they reacted to the inkwashes in a pretty cool way. It's hard to tell from these scans, but in person the difference between the glossy and cardstock covers is really noticeable.
Keep an eye out for these at your local comic shop! If you can't get one there, I do have a handful of "Artist Proof" blank covers that I'll be getting to soon and I'll post details here of how you can get one...
For LotSC #4, Aspen wanted to do 4 covers so I pitched them on doing a series of connecting covers. I've always loved these things when I've seen other artists do them and I was excited when an opportunity to do one popped up. Trying to make them each stand alone but still form one big image is a lot of fun. Lots of work at the layout stage, but ultimately worth it!
Here are the inks for the original image 14x34:
Pencils-in-progress (before the villain's face was revised):
We did a Retailer Exclusive version of the cover for issue 1 to offer to stores who ordered a certian amount of the book. We had 20 stores participate in this, and so we got to make 20 covers using different colors and themes to go with each store's logo. I had no idea when I drew this that each cover would end up so unique. It was great to see that A.) so many retailers were excited for and supporting the book, and B.) that the guys at Aspen did such a killer job making each cover stand out! My lines below:
Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 is less than a week (!) away, so over the next few days leading up to it I'm going to post a few Shadow Clan-related things. Starting with these two drawings of Morgan, the main female lead in the series, and the one used in most of the book's promotion. The first one was used as an example of the sketch cover version of the book and the second illustration appeared on the Reserved Edition cover to issue 1.