A few (of many) work stages for the cover art from the upcoming (March 26, 2014) one-shot Empowered: Internal Medicine, boasting badass guest art by the great Brandon Graham. More info on the book here: http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/22-467/Empowered-Special-Internal-Medicine-one-shot
From top to bottom:
Image #1 is my cover-rough template for the illo, using a scan from an earlier Empowered one-shot’s cover to position the required elements (logo, credits, UPC box, and so on). I drew my portion of the art, a quick rough of “Nurse Emp,” then passed it along to Brandon so he could draw the rest of the piece. Note that I decided, for once, to directly incorporate the dang UPC-code box into the illustration, as otherwise its placement often becomes the bane of my artistic existence.
Image #2 is Brandon’s subsequent rough, with a very cool approach to integrating the "Internal Medicine" title into the actual cover art; I believe he was inspired by posters for some classic HK kung fu films, if I recall correctly.
Image #3 is the final version of my “Nurse Emp” contribution to the illo, featuring luscious color rendering by the also-great Rob “Robaato” Porter. As a contrast with Brandon’s flatter style of coloring, I wanted Rob to go hell-bent with the color gradients and blending (which is the approach I myself used, back when I still did color artwork), which he certainly did with aplomb. Yay!
Image #4 is the final version, replete with finished color artwork by Brandon. Huzzah!
Another Empowered cover process~!