Damned, dirty ape edition!
Wow! It had been a long time since I've done one of these. My apologies, internet. I'll try and make this a more regular feature once again. Anyhow, today we'll be looking at a recent cover I drew for Boom! Studios' forthcoming 'Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm' series.
When my editor contacted me, she gave me a fairly simple and straight-foward concept for the cover: The moon has exploded, ("You blew it up! YOU MANIACS!") and men and ape alike are running like hell to avoid the ensuing rain of debris from the event. Specifically I was asked to place a bit more of an emphasis on the humans, rather than the apes, hence the two sketches above. In the end, they went with the sketch on the right, asking that I try and add some of the lighting on display in the first sketch.
I asked two of my friends, Norah and Tim to pose* for the piece, mostly because I thought the two of them resembled Charlton Heston (George Taylor) and Linda Harrison (Nova) from the original film.
*please note the Maris Wicks photobomb in the background.
Following their handy modeling, I got to drawing. Here's a look at the finished inks:
And the finished colors, by the inimitable Jordie Bellaire:
Have a great weekend, everybody!