i have to say, working on these covers for the series is one of my absolute favorite things each month. as much as i love painting by hand with real paints, i do miss fiddling with photoshop.
And i know- the look of these covers aren't exactly what some of the top CG guys out there are doing, but it's definite a change of pace for me once in a while.
this is cover 3 and one of the first really plot driven covers for the series i've done. Not sure if people realize this when looking at covers, but we solicit books at least 3 months in advance, which means-
* sometimes the cover artist has NO idea what the book will be about yet ( luckily, i get all scripts ahead of time for this series)
* newer series starting with #1's have covers that are obviously treated differently than covers for issues at #14 in a series- for promotional reasons.
*for newer series, there is obviously more reveals to be hidden, so that affects how heavily tied into a plot a cover layout has.
* the cover you see solicited wont always be what goes to final print.
* nothing is final until it is printed.
anyway, and with that out the way, here's # 3!
12 x 18 ink on 300lb hotpress + photoshop.
the background buildings are completely photoshop and not in the original drawing. i used a combination of photoshop calligraphy brush tips.
the solicit reads-
BATMAN BEYOND #3
Written by ADAM BEECHEN
Art by RYAN BENJAMIN & JOHN STANISCI
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
Batmans investigation into the murders of Dark Knight villains past and present leads him to old associates of Bruce Wayne
some of whom arent so happy to see him. While the mysterious killer picks his next target, the rift between Terry and Bruce widens.
On sale AUGUST 18 3 of 6 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US