Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Black Coat



This is a recent pin-up drawing I did for fellow artist Francesco Francavilla and his very nice comic book, the Black Coat. Its a historical adventure, set around the time of the American revolution and features a mysterious hero in, what else, a black coat.

Since the comic has such an interesting historical setup for the stories, I tried to keep some of that period background and mood in my drawing. As with everything else recently, I drew this one in 2 colours with Pitt pens and then cleaned it up digitally. You can compare the final against my original mini-sized, quickie pencil rough below:

7 comments:

Rich Faber said...

Wow, Mike, this is just beautiful!

I can't express enough how much I love the two color approach. I was actually inspired by your limited palette recently (posted to my blog), however, with mixed results. It was an experiment for me in color study, but you are truly a master!

Best,
Rich
www.thinkinkstudios.com
http://richfaber.blogspot.com

Dominic Bugatto said...

Nice one. Great angle and attention to the location.

mbuckl1 said...

Nice and tight. I enjoy the small details like texture held back from the foot, and the reversed swordtip.

Ben Lichius said...

beautiful work, Mike! I love it!
Send a hires to me or Francesco (if you haven't already) and we'll print it in the back of book 4.
The city just looks awesome! :)

Overworm said...

I love that picture, especially all the little details that really make it pop.

Like the sword blade going from reflective to shadowy when the moon is behind it. And the detail on every roof of every building is astonishing.

Good work,
Overworm

Francesco said...

Mike,
I bow to your skills, my friend.
You da man :)

Grazie mille! :)
Francesco

P.S. Ben- I got the hi-res file. It's all covered ;)

m cho said...

Thanks for the nice comments, everyone!

Rich -- glad you were inspired to try some 2-colour stuff too.

Dominic -- thanks again for checking out my stuff.

Mbuck1- thank you. I enjoy working out all that small stuff too.

Ben Licius -- done! Actually, Francesco has the file already.

Overworm -- thank you!

Francesco -- just glad you liked it, dude. Now I'm thinking hard about my trade...