Here is a scan of one of the Batman and Robin covers in progress. On something this complicated to avoid over-smudging the piece, I put down all the important lines down with a bit harder F grade lead. Once the structure lines are down, I use a HB grade lead to lay down my shadows moving left to right.
Then I go back in with a sharp HB pencil, usually a .3mm or .5mm mechanical pencil (to save time resharpening all the time) and make all my shadows and smudges into "something." It can be little AC units or water towers or windows on the buildings but the idea is to play with contrast, black and white, and detail and pattern.
As I move left to right, I tighten up all the linework on the figure as well, highlighting the angles and emphasizing lineweights where needed to separate planes. Then I redid the process all over again with the Batman cover.
Here is a closer look.
Monday, April 25, 2005
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