Work stages for the Gothic Lolita cover illo from issue #5 of Livewires, the long-out-of-print miniseries I wrote (and occasionally drew) for Marvel 10 years ago. (Ouch.)
The first two roughs were unused first drafts of the cover layout; self-rejected, if I recall correctly. Third image is the inked line art. Fourth image is the final, colored version by my buddy Ryan Kinnaird, who was tasked with providing easily the least amount of work he’s ever had to put into a coloring job. (Perhaps this makes up for all the cover illos on which he’d been required to go above and beyond the call of Photoshop duty?) All he had to do was add some glow FX on the BG elements and color Gothic Lolita’s robotic eyes…
Side note: Yes, believe it or not, Marvel does, in fact, now have a character named “Gothic Lolita,” which amuses me to no end. You’re welcome, Marvel!
In closing, might I add a whiningly preemptive comment? Every g-d time I post a high-contrast B&W piece like this, I automatically receive a passel o’ comments along the lines of, "Influenced by Frank Miller’s Sin City, huh?” While I do appreciate Miller’s use of B&W, my primary influence for this sorta thing was Jim Steranko’s wholly badass Chandler: Red Tide (which, I suspect, was in turn a major influence on Sin City). Hell, even my old high school art portfolio (which predates Miller’s inky phase by a few years) featured a few “harsh B&W” pieces like this.
Ehh, who am I kidding? Stand by for the “Sin City, huh?” comments; I’m braced for em, needless to say.