Kolchak The Night Stalker Commission
Something I never suspected when I decided that comic art was my path was how many commissions I would get to do homages to classic covers. Now, in this case, this one only had a few parameters. The basic creative brief was to imagine if Marvel Comics when they did the classic Creatures On The Loose Series had featured Kolchak the Night Stalker as a character. I’ll confess… I’d never seen an episode of Kolchak. I always thought the name sounded like a serial killer. But in trying to come up with a concept, and knowing the past history of the person requesting the commission I decided to go a bit further with my homage and mash up the concept with a classic Planet of Vampires cover. I love the classic Dracula look and thought it would fit perfectly with the concept.
For all of you process junkies, these were the steps I took in creating the pieces. First, I did a quick thumbnail to make sure I liked the overall idea. Sometimes I do more than one but this one was right on the nose with what I wanted. I typically just take a quick picture of my thumbnails with my phone and send them to my computer. Next, in photoshop, using the thumbnail as a base I defined forms and drew out the main art. The masthead and typography I build in Adobe Illustrator and imported into photoshop. When I’m done with this stage I typically print out only the masthead in blueline (typically 10% cyan only) at the size I’m going to illustrate it onto Strathmore 300 Smooth Bristol Board. My printer prints at 11x17 and that paper works really well with my printer. The line art I print separately in black and draw in with a lightbox. The reason for all of that is so that I can keep the artwork as clean as possible. After that, it’s just me, a brush, a couple micron pens and time.
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