…very rough sketch of the back cover photo and no hand colouring on the front cover photocopy:
…looks like I may have finally figured out that I was spending too much time on these mock-ups.
Here’s the printed cover:
(The expression on Dave’s face is what I believe is referred to as a “shit-eating grin”.)
The “Zee” in the back cover caption refers to “Zolastraya” (not her real name) who some of you may remember was featured in her own (short-lived) comic book:
Man… the late ’80s… what were we thinkin’?
The cover mock-up for Cerebus 118:
As usual, I did a quick sketch of the back cover photo to indicate size and position to the printer. The sketches were done by projecting the slide photo onto the paper and tracing it with a marker. It was very quick, efficient, and sort of fun.
What I don’t remember or understand is why I hand coloured the reduced photocopy of the black and white cover art. It’s not like I had a whole lot of time to spare while maintaining a (more or less) monthly schedule AND being in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company. Maybe it was practice before I coloured the full size original? It couldn’t have been “just for the fun of it”.
Here’s the printed cover:
The photo was from “Doogies”, a little restaurant almost directly across the street form the studio.
For years, we went there practically EVERY DAY for lunch.
There is a Kickstarter coming up for Dracula: Visions…
In which “…over two dozen creators offer distinct and stunning interpretations of Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire thriller…” including mine:
…you were going to see more of these…
my mock-up for Cerebus issue 115:
…and the printed cover:
I’ve been informed that I should update this blog more often. (Yes, I’m looking at YOU, Steve.)
Since I seem incapable of producing new work (I blame COVID… not that I HAVE it, but I blame it none the less) I went through some old files and found a bunch of back-and-front-cover mock-ups that I used to do for the monthly book as a guide for Preney Print & Litho. Here’s the one for Cerebus issue 117:
I would do a quick sketch of the photo for the back cover to indicated size and position and paste a photocopy of the art for the front cover to indicate same. There are all sorts of notes on colour for the lettering, etc.
I have NO idea why I coloured the building in the photocopy. I had to write “sample” over top to make sure Preney didn’t think this was the actual cover art.
Here’s how it turned out:
There… I updated the blog.
(You may see more of these if this COVID thing doesn’t let up soon.)
Portrait of the artist as a young man:I can drawing anything I put my mind to.
The second issue of “Becoming Frankenstein” is coloured.
Only four more to go.
Frank and Alex sure do draw a nice Fräulein, don’t they?
“Becoming Frankenstein” issue two…