Wacky Reference Wednesday, No. 155

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Twelve #10, Cover. 2011. Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

The Twelve is finally nearing completion! That means a return to painting the pulpiest covers of my career. This particular piece replaces the original #10 cover, which was repurposed for The Twelve: Spearhead. It features Electro, the Allied engine of destruction, propelled by the thoughts of Professor Zog—from the comfort of his own lab.


When taking reference piecemeal, it often helps to alter the background according to the amount of light behind the object in your composition. In the case of the hands above, those in front of fire (or the blue light of a screen) require a white background, while the hand in front of Electro's chest requires black. Aside from the camera automatically metering the available light, the resulant photo will be more legible to your own eyes.

Hand detail. I paint more opaquely than I used to, at least for the salient strokes.

Marvel are reprinting the earlier issues as a trade (1-6) and a double feature (7 and 8), in case anyone else wants to get up to speed. The individual issues also available via their subscription service. You can see my other covers for the series below:

#5#6#7#8#9#10 (Original), #11

The Twelve: Marvel Must Have #1, a composite of my covers for #7 and 8.


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