A week or so ago, Mr. Bob Corby offered me the opportunity to do the cover for this year’s OH Comics! anthology. And I have been working on it, honest, though several days were lost to the thing that was not the stomach flu. Now the pencils are almost finished, and I thought you might want to see the work in progress.
First, I had to figure out that my reference photo needed to be flipped. In the distant past, this would have involved sketching in a mirror, but nowadays it’s a matter of about three keystrokes in your image management software package of choice.The backwards lettering on the boxes is a dead giveaway.
Then I did a sketch of the way I need the dog to look on the cover itself–in the real world the hat covers up both the dire corgi’s ears, but there’s no need for that to happen in comics world.I decided it was funnier to have one ear passing magically through the hat, while the other was smooshed down under the brim.
Here’s the current state of the final pencil art:It’s mostly blocked out except for the pesky question of what’s on top of the bookcase to the reader’s left. I’ve tried a coelacanth, a large koi, a sharkipede and a dragon in various thumbnails, but none of them have quite worked. I’ll take a bash at it in my sketchbook later tonight in front of the TV. I know the dog’s pose isn’t quite right– there’s a softness in the original sketch that is missing here, but I am working on it.