Frosty re­cep­tion

Jock ex­plains how a re­jected sketch ended up be­ing one of his favourite cov­ers

ImagineFX - - Interview Jock -

“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.”

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