Work stages for the cover illo from issue #4 of Livewires, the long-out-of-print miniseries I wrote (and occasionally drew) for Marvel 10 years ago. (Ouch.) Colors on the finished piece by my buddy Ryan Kinnaird; all other art by yrs trly.
Odd bit: Note that initial rough shows only what I call “the live action area” of the cover, or the most critical elements of the piece. Said rough is technically quite disproportionate to the cover’s final print dimensions, and leaves out any space for the various logos and the like; that’s because I’m solely concerned with working out the composition of the key elements at this point. Needless to say, I often have to assure editors that, yes, the final piece will, in fact, leave room for the logo, credits, company masthead, UPC box, etc. (Then again, an editor would be remiss in not making certain about this, as freelancers are sometimes prone to jaw-dropping feats of proportion error.)