Tuesday, May 18, 2010
on Twitter, usually just linking to awesome YouTube videos and posting the odd image, but when David Aja posts a cover sketch he's not just competing with a mere few words, he's penning volumes in the ballad of the man we know as Daredevil. Aja has recently revealed the process he went through to create the latest cover for a one-shot titled Daredevil: Black & White. It's another Mighty Marvel Magazine, one of my favourite formats, and this time we get my favourite character. Looks like everything is coming up trumps for me. We get a few gritty black and white tales of the scarlet swashbuckler and it's out from Marvel this August.
David Aja rose to prominence as the artist on the relaunch of The Immortal Iron Fist as penned by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction. The comic community quickly sat up and noticed his stellar work. His covers were especially spectacular, yet now we only see Aja's talent here and there but not currently on anything specific.
The following images show his process to get the cover ready for this latest DD one-shot. I think you'll enjoy them. And if you do enjoy them, make sure you keep an eye out for any other work he does, he's a talent not to be missed.
This is the order in which Aja linked the images and it gives you a good, albeit quick, understanding of the steps he takes to create a cover which I feel is pretty damn well executed.
Aja draws inspiration from an Old Miller/Mazzuchelli classic
Aja makes his own quick sketch of what goes where
Aja puts together a layout for the drawing
Aja's layout comes to life with clarity
Aja inks his work to add depth and vibrancy and only then does the drawing truly take shape
The image is dotted for a tone of grit and old school
Aja's cover is coloured, and complete. And awesome. And completely awesome.
This issue ships in August and for $3.99 you'll get 48 pages of ol' hornhead with Peter Milligan, Rick Spears, and Ann Nocenti in charge of words which will be accompanied by art from Jason Latour, Mick Bertilorenzi, and David Aja. I know I'm absolutely picking this one up. I hope after seeing what Aja can do with just a cover you'll join me on the journey.