Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 243

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Unity #1 Variant Cover. 2013. 
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Today marks the release of Valiant's Unity #1, their first line-wide crossover since the publisher's renaissance. I was asked to provide a variant cover for the event — and that gave me the chance to hold a piece of paper as if it were a sword. You'd think I'd know how to draw a hand by now, but I still need help.

... also a billy club

In the digital sketch stage, you'll notice that I establish a vanishing point even though there's not architecture or similar structures. It's always good to know where your horizon line is as that affects the angle at which you view any figure, even if they're flying (or in any sort of vague space... ahem).

inks by my Pops
blue-line print of pencils

digital sketch

digital layouts

Unity #1 Variant Cover (detail). 2013. Pencils over digital print.


  1. I'm not surprised you're being sought out to do covers for important issues that the publisher really wants to sell well. Over the past few years you've done some of the best comic book covers in the industry. I was still new to comics when I started liking tour art in Daredevil, but now that I've been around and seen a ton of art ranging from the golden age until now, I honestly think you're one of the greatest cover artists of all time and the best of our time. I think it speaks volumes that your work has been consistently great even as you've done so much. I admit there are other artists who bring the same level of quality to the table, but I really don't think anyone else brings quality AND quantity like you do. I imagine that translates to a lot of hard work.

  2. You are faaaaaar too kind, Tim, but I can't thank you enough for the kind words. I've been doing a lot of covers over the past year, but that's because I haven't been doing any sequential work. My output will plummet once I get back into it. All that aside, I'm just happy you're digging the work. Thanks!


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