It's not a stretch to say Guillem March is one of the most talented artists in the Batman group. Doubly talented when it comes to creating compelling and great-looking covers. So, it was a no-brainer to suggest having him chat on the blog about just what his process is. Especially when the very talented Bat-editors Mike Marts and Janelle Siegel send me some pretty art to post. So, here's his take on the creation of GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #8. Take it away, Guillem:
When I was thinking about a concept for this cover, I focused on Poison Ivy since the issue is about her. I had the idea of a frontal closeup of the face. I like face close-ups and I´ve drawn others, like the covers to Oracle #2 or Gotham City Sirens #2. In this case I went further and the face is so big that it´s only shown partially. It´s a very simple idea, but I don´t remember many covers like this, and that´s the point--making something new and eye catching! I made some layouts of this idea, some of them with additional elements to make the other Sirens appear in the final image.
Once editor Mike Marts and Artistic Director Mark Chiarello had selected one of the layouts, I decided the technique I´d use for it. Sometimes I do painted covers, and sometimes I follow the typical process of penciling, inking and coloring by computer. For this cover I did the same as for the Gotham City Sirens #3 cover, a painted illustration in gray wash, with a plain color applied on it by computer. I drew the face on the back of the DC regular paper so I don´t have any blue guides on it. It was a little bit of a challenge for me, as I´m not used to painting such an oversized view of something that is usually only a few millimeters in the interior art, and it´s easy to lose the sense of proportion. The leaves falling were drawn separately so I could then compose the whole image better by computer.
The last step of coloring had no complications, but has a vital importance for the final result. While coloring I noticed the huge iconic content that the colors of Poison Ivy have. The gray wash shows a woman´s face, but green skin and red hair means Poison Ivy with no doubt, without needing to put the leaves on it.
Now that Mr. J's secret is out in the open, will the girls' reaction take them to the point of no return? And will Harley Quinn ever be the same? Only writer Paul Dini and artist Guillem March know for sure, but a few pages never hurt, right? Especially right before a holiday weekend.
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #6 hits today.
Writer Chris Yost continues his guest writing stint, as the Huntress and Man-Bat are held captive by a priest driven to the edge of insanity by Gotham itself. And, let's just say the message Gotham is relaying to our dear, demented villain doesn't bode well for our heroes. Check out a few pages below.
BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #6 hits today.
Well, a ton, dear Source reader. Too much to capably sum up in one blog post. It's also way too early to give too much away. But, we can showcase some of the lovely artwork gracing the covers of the Bat-titles hitting in February, featuring the talents of Frank Quitely, Dustin Nguyen, Phil Noto and many more. So, take another bite of your lunch and look 'em over.
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The duo of writer Paul Dini and artist Guillem March allow the Joker's former assistant Harley Quinn to take center stage as the girls deal with the aftershocks of Hush's deadly manipulations. But, more importantly, who's the surprise guest star? Well, you're in luck. Not only do we have a few pages for you to scan below, but GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #5 hits comic stores today. Easy, right?
Damian behind bars? Red Robin surrounded? Batman facing off against two new foes? This batch of covers, featuring the artistic stylings of J.H. Williams III, Tony Daniel, Dustin Nguyen and Marcus To, is light on answers but big on questions. But isn't that what they're for?
Take a few minutes from your day and peruse the January covers for BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM, DETECTIVE COMICS, BATMAN and RED ROBIN, won't you?
STREETS OF GOTHAM artist Dustin Nguyen gets downright pastoral on the variant cover to SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #10, from writers James Robinson and Greg Rucka with artist Pete Woods. Nothing I write here can really do it much justice, beyond saying it’s a fine piece of work. So why not scroll down and see for yourself?
SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #10 hits in December.
What's got the Clown Prince of Crime riled up? What are Catwoman and Poison Ivy trying to track down? What's Harley doing on a date with Bruce Wayne? Uh, is that Bruce Wayne? These questions and a few more will be answered in GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #4, from the regular team of writer Paul Dini and artist Guillem March, which hits 9/30. What? Can't wait? Well, we've got five pages with your name on it below.
Yesterday we showed off some pages from tomorrow's issue of BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM. But why stop there? We've got a double dose of Dini-penned Bat-books for you today, including the cover to GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #8 by Guillem March and BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #7, featuring artist Dustin Nguyen's take on Manhunter.