I was commissioned to do the trade paper back cover for the second volume of MEGACITY UNDERCOVER series by 2000ad a couple of months ago… but I wasn’t able to blog about it until now! (It’s up on Amazon…. So I think I’m pretty safe!
|The finished lettered Cover|
It collects recent Low Life Stories written by the Razor sharp Rob Williams, and drawn by Dazzling D’Israeli, Sizzling Simon Coleby, and..err… me, Rickety Rufus.
The first volume had a cover by Jock..and it’s fucking stunning…. So the bar was set at an already ridiculous height… I just had to try not to fall completely flat on my big fat face!!
|Jock's cover for Volume One... sigh... swoon|
I wanted the second volume to sit alongside the first nicely in a Library, as I hate it when TPBs change layout mid volume… (a bit of continuity does occasionally serve a purpose!! )
|My Rough Art for the Cover|
Jock’s cover has a beautiful warmth to it…. In Red and Orange… My Cover’s set on the dock’s of MegaCity One… so I went for a cold blue to create atmosphere, and compliment the first volume’s palette.
|Coloured Rough art I submitted for approval.|
I originally designed it to just have Aimee and Dirty Frank on the Cover…. But Keith the editor asked for a further 2 characters to be added in, Mortal (the Judge ‘baby’) and Thora (a n undercover Judge disguised as an old woman), so I had to squeeze them in too… I put Mortal in a baby carrier on Dirty Frank, which seemed to work out ok!
|Pencilling in progress over the enlarged Rough Art|
|Pencilled art, ready to scan!|
|Scanned, Cleaned up Line Art...|
|BAM! Finished coloured art!|
I pencilled over an enlarged thumbnail sketch, and scanned the finished pencil art, and coloured in Photoshop... while drinking copious amounts of tea, and half a dozen KitKats...
You can preorder MEGACITY UNDERCOVER 2 now, on Amazon!
XXX .... Ruf