Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 219

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Shadow #13 Cover. 2013.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

The Shadow #13 is out today from Dynamite, the same fine folks who bring you The Green Hornet every month. This cover didn't really ask for skeletons, but I don't think they ever have to be justified, especially when dealing with pulp heroes. When I needed a bit of anatomical help, I went straight to Zygote Body for an interactive 3D map of the human body (formerly Google body). The part of the gun was played, as usual, by my trusty 1:6 scale Colt 1911, seen below amongst my ever-growing arsenal. The skull, available from Anatomy Tools, has magnets at its base and jaw that enable it to stick to my galvanized steel drawing board (along with the rest of my magnetized tools).

Yes, I actually own a gun rack.

Inks by my Paw
Blue-line print

Digital composite

Digital Layout


  1. Beautiful work as usual, Paolo! quick question: which photoshop brush do you use for your first digital layouts? it looks very "chalky". Is it custom-made?

    1. Thanks! And yes, its basically a chalk brush with a few of the parameters tweaked here and there.


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