Richard was commissioned to do 11 sketch covers to be picked up at this year’s Heroes Con. As he finishes them, I’ll keep updating this post. -Craig
These covers can be really hit or miss in regards to how well they take Copic markers, and even ink. I think it has something to do with the sheen or gloss on the board. And it varies from run to run. In fact, I know artists who flat-out won’t do sketch covers as a result.
The Avengers #1 stock is one of the good ones, I think. The blending’s a tad different because of the coating on the board but once you get used to it things go pretty well. The same coating makes a good scan tough to get. I’d really love to make a go at Thor in a larger, 11x14ish scale. All of the flowing cloth and shiny bits seem right up my alley. Unless you’re following my art for the pinup work. 🙂
The Avengers #7 stock is a toughie. not the worst, not the best. It takes longer (because of the coating on the board) for ink to dry, and the same coating makes a good scan tough to get. Blending is harder as well, but you can help it out a great deal through the use of colored pencils to assist in the blending. All-in-all, it was a fun challenge and turned out pretty well. 🙂