Wacky Reference Wednesday, No. 193

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Daredevil # 18 Cover. 2012. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera)
with digital color on Marvel board, 11 × 17.25″.

Daredevil #18 arrives in stores today, the first of 4 issues that center around a new foe, Coyote, that I helped to create and design. You can see a quick preview at CBR.

This reference was taken with my iMac's Photo Booth app. There's a feature that allows users to swap out backgrounds by taking a pic without the subject, then using that information to only reveal what has changed (i.e. the arrival of a guy with a rolled-up piece of paper). It doesn't work perfectly, but it was good enough for these 2 photos — one for each hand. I have since "splurged" and made 2 rolled-up pieces of paper. Insane, I know.


Blue-line print of pencils


Blue-line print of digital sketch

The digital composite stage incorporates my Sculptris Daredevil head, as well as a simple template that I was using to quickly lay in billy clubs. The divisions are meant to roughly line up with a single hand-width. This helped to keep the proportions consistent.

Digital layout


  1. amazing how difficult it sounds yet when you illustrate it is seems so simple :D

    1. That's the idea — all this work to try and make something look effortless. Thanks!

  2. Making me love DareDevil again. What an amazing cover!

  3. I saw you selling prints of this at NYCC. How big were they? Are they still available?

    1. Sure thing, Nat. Just drop me a line here: contact ·at· paolorivera.com

  4. "And that´s how you get the cover of the year, folks!"


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