Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 142

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mythos: Ghost Rider, Page 8, Panels 3-4. 2006. Acryla Gouache on bristol board, 8.5 x 12".
Original Art

This scene from Mythos: Ghost Rider depicts Johnny Blaze walking in on his adoptive father, Crash Simpson, who is slowly dying of cancer... but trying his best to hide it. The previous panel shows a performance from their family's stunt show. I didn't take any direct reference for it, but it did take a very long time to paint.

Pencils, Digital Color Study, and Layout (4 x 6")


  1. Mr. Rivera, any hints about your next project?

  2. I'm afraid not. All I can say is that there are two of them, one is a single image, and the other will be a series of issues. Believe me, I'll be yelling it from the mountain tops as soon as I can.

  3. Hey man!
    I've always wondered... when you are doing the page layout process of sketch / color comps / final pencils etc.

    Do you do the ENTIRE book of roughs then the ENTIRE book of digital color comps and so on? Or do you jump around a bit as in do a few pages of roughs and color comps and jump into the finals while you still have to do other pages colors comps??

    I'm still trying to figure out the best process of juggling all three and struggling at trying to keep up a smooth rhythm between the steps.

    thanks, and as always, thank you for your great posts and time devoted to this blog.


  4. Adam, that process is pretty organic, but here are the steps in the most general sense:

    1. Read through the entire script, making annotations and small thumbnails for panels, layouts, poses, etc. Basically, anything that I find important or troubling.

    2. I usually do about 4 page layouts at a time. They all fit on one piece of paper and provide the maximum amount of narrative with the minimum effort. It's also easy to get editorial approval in bite-size chunks.

    3. If I'm painting (which I don't do anymore) the color study can happen at any interval, but is often determined by scene changes, and/or the halfway point (when I get paid).

    Aside from those main points, it's all about getting the job done. Experiment, and see what works best for you.


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