Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 208

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Daredevil #22 Cover. 2012.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on Marvel board, 11 × 17.25″.

Daredevil #22 is out today! I provided the cover for the issue, my first time drawing the Superior Spider-Man, whose first appearance in the Marvel Universe happened last issue. Details and a preview can be found here (it includes a 4-word phrase never before uttered in any language). I recorded the digital sketching portion of this cover, so I hope to edit that together into a video soon.

Speaking of Superior Spidey, Avenging Spider-Man #16 is also out today. That cover will be the subject of next week's Wacky Reference Wednesday.

I used this quick pic for both Spidey and Daredevil.

Blue-line print

This cover was done so close to the deadline that I sent the blue-line to my Dad before I had finished penciling the background. The missing portion was added digitally by increasing the contrast and editing in Photoshop.

Pencils (with increased contrast)
Digital Composite

Editor-Approved Layout
Digital Layouts


  1. So I'm looking at these steps, and I'm not sure I understand how you go from "Editor approved layout" to "Digital Composite". Do you just blow up the rough in photoshop, lay on the perspective grids, and sketch out another version on top of that or is there some other process that you employ?

    1. Nope, you pretty much summed it up right there.

    2. Thanks!

      I wasn't sure since there was such a difference between the rough and the digital.
      I guess its one thing to say what you did, another thing to actually do it.

    3. Yeah, there's a lot that's not shown, but each image represents a major step that refines the previous one.

  2. Love all these wacky reference shots you share on here Paolo!!! You are an amazing artist... and want to have you on all my Spidey comics!!! Thanks for sharing these on your page.
    Keep On Thwipin'!!!

  3. So you print the "digital compose, go over it on pencil (lightbox?) scan the thing in to turn it to ble line and that blue line is what is sent to your dad. is that it?

    1. I print the digital composite in blue-line and pencil over it, then the pencils are turned to blue-line and my Dad does the same thing, but in ink. If I were doing it all myself, I'd probably just skip the pencil stage (or draw with cyan lead), but I've only done that a couple times.

    2. Got it. Now days, I do pretty much all of it digitaly. But for a while there was sketch digital and tight pencil - inks on paper.

      Anyway, it's a great to know how other artists work. Your art is amazing, by the way. Keep it up!


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