The SHADOW Knows! The Making of a Fan Commission Piece! 2012 Artwork!

Here is a great and fun commission from an overseas SHADOW fan! He wanted something mysterious, but action-filled, with all the Shadow trademarks (cape, scarf, slouch hat, etc…), including a dramatic close-up of the 1930s pulp magazine hero! Click each image to enlarge each of my steps!


Below: My starting doodles, trying to zero in on exactly what I wanted. You can see the hashed-out facial close-up below the figure…

Below: Getting closer, with the main figure and outfit much more developed, and the idea of the close-up on the right now in place…

Below: The finished close-up put in place (after being flopped), via Photoshop! Now to figure out how the cape and scarf will be arranged behind the figure, and how they’ll frame the face…

Below: The final pencils, ready to be transferred to bristol board and inked! Still had yet to finalize Shadow’s famous weapons!
Below: The final inked illo! I wanted the cape and scarf, along with the cape trim, to come together and create a swirling mass, one where it would be hard to tell what was what, as they coalesced to form the positive and negative space around the facial close-up on the right! Almost forgot Shadow’s famous ring!

See full post here: Al Bigley Illustration-The Blog!2012-10-04.