President's Day

Sunday, February 15, 2009

As some of you have already seen on MySpace, Marvel is celebrating President's Day this year with a couple of digital comics featuring some familiar faces. As part of the festivities, they asked me to contribute a cover for "Gettysburg Distress," a 6-page free digital comic debuting today, written by Matt Fraction with art by Andy MacDonald.

Since I digitally colored the artwork, I gave Marvel a couple options for the background color. They also wanted me to give Cap eyes, so I did that in Photoshop.

The original is in ink on Marvel board. I ended up shrinking Lincoln's hand and altering his nose using Photoshop's liquify filter, a quick fix for any wonktastic drawing.

And finally, this is the 4" x 6" sketch that started the process. Simple and direct is usually the way to go. Happy President's Day!

Also, a big thank you goes out to my my girlfriend, who got me my favorite chocolate for Valentine's Day.


  1. Hey Paolo,

    Awesome piece man as usual!

    I wanted to ask you a question if you don't mind, I wanted to know when you finish a fully painted page what settings you scan the page into photoshop at as far as dpi goes and file format(jpg or tiff)? I would like to know how to do a lot of my own prepress work so I can send the correct format to printers, and was curious what Marvel usually asks for when you prep a painted page for them? Do the scan settings differ from a painted page to a penciled page?

    I appreciate your help Paolo and thanks for always being so generous with the amount of tutorials and amazing artwork you post on your blog.


    Jeremy de la Garza

  2. Thanks, Reau! It was good seeing you at the con.

    Jeremy, that subject warrants a post of its own, so I'll get to work on that. In the meantime, here are my press-ready file specs:

    2750 x 4175 pixels
    flattened tiffs with lzw compression
    CMYK color

  3. Awesome. I hope he's heading down to Wall Street. It reminds me of Fight Club.

    "Abe Lincoln. Big reach. Skinny guys fight till they're burger."

  4. Paolo,

    Thanks a lot man! With the 2750 x 4175 pixels... is that about a 300 dpi scan for an 11x17 page?

  5. I could totally imagine Abe Lincoln opening a can of stomp-ass on someone. Certain pictures of him in his younger days looka little like my father-in-law.

  6. Jeremy,

    300 dpi should be fine. I've gotten away with 266... though lately I've been scanning at 400, regardless. I don't need to, but it's nice to have in case you want to show a detail or something.

  7. Paolo,

    Thanks a lot for all of the info, I appreciate it.


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