Jock explains how a rejected sketch ended up being one of his favourite covers
“Five or six years ago I did two cover sketches for Batman Confidential. The editor chose one – of Batman standing in profile in Moscow – but I always liked my other one, which showed Batman ready for a fight, and regretted not being able to complete it.
More recently I did an issue of All-Star Batman with Scott Snyder. I wanted a cover of Batman in the snow. Snow is so atmospheric. It gave me the opportunity to push that side of it, and work up the previous design I always liked.
I was so happy with the old rough sketch that I traced it onto my art board and inked it from there. I put on some simple grey tones once I’d scanned it into Photoshop, then some sputtery airbrushes and texture brushes. I added minimal colours, highlights and glows to give it a bit of a haze and some atmosphere, then painted some extra snow on top and it was done.
It was a straightforward cover to do. But it was only straightforward because I was happy at every stage. Only one in 20 images is like that.”