Monday, June 05, 2006

Ahoy!


So this morning Ross Ritchie from BOOM gave me the beat down... "Your cover isn't cutting it." [ well, actually he was as nice as he could be about it, in truth ]

You know what? I kinda agreed. Even before I sent it, I wasn't thrilled with it [ see last post ]. It's good in theory. Standing on the treasure map with the big 'X marks the spot' thing. But as Ron Garney mentioned to me - it' s more Captain Morgan than Pirates of the Caribbean. So... I banged this out today instead. I couldn't bring myself to revisit the first one again. Like most artists, doing revisions is just about the most gut wrenching experience.

So out with the old and in with the new! Check out the comic book review at the infamous Comic Book Resources website!

30 comments:

Travis Christian said...

That's an awesome pic for a cover! I love what you did with the lighting, especially the shading on the face. What're you using to get these GREAT colors, man?

UrbanBarbarian said...

Thanks Travis! I'm just using Photoshop but I'm making sure I use "white" as a color. It really punches things up, IMO.

sedyas said...

Incredible. Love the lines and the colour.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Good work! I like the second version better too. The first version has some really good things happening (very playful), but the second version seems to evoke more "story."

Craig said...

They're going to love this one! Well done.

Chrissie A said...

Omigod...that's just brilliant...beautiful!

(Not to mention sexy! It's now on my desktop...)

Alina Chau said...

That's a very coool priate!! HAve a princely quality to him !!

UrbanBarbarian said...

CRAIG: Thanks a bunch! They really dug it!

CHRISSIE: Wow! Very flattering! Thanks!!!

ALINA: I kind of modeled him after Orlando Bloom in a sense - so maybe some of that Lord of the Rings Flava carried over!

Antonio Santamaria said...

Great composition and colour... Both of pirates are mighty, but also the sketches that you post a week ago (smooking ones)... All are really great! Congrats!

Jamar said...

I love this.

This is better than Diet Cherry Coke.

GOOD JOB!

Tom Bancroft said...

Very nice, wizard! Us artists know the economics behind your decision to "just redo it"....I doubt you got payed twice for it! I applaud you for that! To be as talented as you are and still make sure you produce your best on every job is inspiring to us fellow pencilpushers! So, is that you in the drawing?

martin wittig said...

Your work kicks so much ass! Truely great stuff man:)

UrbanBarbarian said...

MARTIN: In my book, you're the Chuck Liddell of artists!

marco's blog said...

so good!! love the palette, just amazing!

Rural Barbarian said...

Hmmm... why do I want to see a beret?

UrbanBarbarian said...

There can only be one reason. One plausible reason that makes any sort of sense: Much like an UrbanBarbarian - YOU ARE A FAN OF THE BARBARIAN BROTHERS!!! Peter and David Paul!!!! Long live the Barbarian Brothers!!! Here, here!!!

Mikko said...

Really amazing stuff....

M.

UrbanBarbarian said...

MIKKO: Thank you kindly! Saw your Cintiq illustrations! I'm still trying to get to the point where I'm comfortable using it instead of paper.

Hans said...

Looks great! The character on the first cover is really cool, but there is much more story and mysterious pirate hero over this one. Love it!

Hans

Leo said...

Beautiful!

Brothergrimm said...

Kick ass! It reminds me of a Pirate themed Jim Morrison...or that dude from The Lost Boys.

Fabio Lai said...

It looks great, very good cover.

St John Street said...

Hey bro the colours of this post and the last especially the orange so fresh, thanks for the kind words bro just trying to learn all that is needed to make films well hope your just chillin take it easy!!!

Jontxu said...

Fantastic cover, don't worry for the negative comments because the draw fight for it own, amazing!!!

Atlantean said...

Love the pose, and the light.

the doodlers said...

Oh. He's truly a sexy Depp-like fellow. Should go over well with the gals and the gays...I mean that in only the best way!
~Arna

Kristen McCabe said...

He kinda looks like you ...if you grew Fabio Hair! :p

UrbanBarbarian said...

The DOODLERS: Of course, of course!

KRISTEN: Elena said the same thing. Oddly I did have hair like that once... Ah, the 80's...

Kristen McCabe said...

You had Fabio Hair?? Ha! I want to see a photo of you and your Fabio Hair! Did you ever grow a Mullet? I had a fem-mullet when I was a kid :P

UrbanBarbarian said...

I kinda did actually... But that was the late 80's for you! I do have quite a picture [ gulp! ] too! Email your you email and perhaps we can arrange a trade of sorts. I can just imagine what sort of horrible photoshopping hell this will cost me...!