Thanks to those who have taken an immediate interest in The Daily Superpower. I thought it would be nice to give you a peek in to my creative process. If you want to know lots more about me, you can check out my fine art on my flickr photostream here.
But for now, I’ll take you through the process for one of the Daily Superpowers. For the images on this page I usually borrow 1 or 2 elements from my stash of clearance comics from Half Price Books.
I take 3 or 4 superpower ideas at a time and start sifting through these boxes looking for anything that works with my mental image of any of the superpowers, like this one:
It just so happens that this works perfectly for what I want to do with my first viewer submission “Ability to blink music” sent in by Eric “The One-and-Only Thunderpanda” (no last name given). This particular image is from an old issue of Silver Surfer. So I cut out the parts I want to use and adhere them to a comic backing board (appropriate, perfectly sized, and very cheap) like this:
I need to draw in some kind of haircut and a substantial bubble to put the music this guy is blinking into. Flat-top seems appropriate.
Now I can draw in the sheet music, this guy seems like a Michael Jackson fan to me, so I google “Beat It sheet music” and sketch in the first line along with the next few notes trailing behind, then I ink them. I also mix up a color that is close to the skin tone to fill in the blank spots.
Use some colored pencil to consolidate the skin tones, bump some highlights, and draw a little floating outline, cause I like floating outlines.
Then bring it into photoshop for minor cleanup and a bump in contrast.
Ready to post!
Thanks for reading,