#3 Cover | Spike the Punch

#3 Cover | Spike the Punch

September 17, 2012 in Issue 3
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It's not just different faces; if you pay attention, they all have slightly different body types, bust sizes, heights, etc.

It's a little extra work, mind, but it's worth it to avoid cookie-cutter art (I won't name names, but a few big timers at Marvel especially are guilty of just changing hairstyles, costumes, colors, and nothing else).

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Reginald Parr Esq. 18th Sep 2012, 2:25 AM
Reginald Parr Esq.
I definitely had noticed those different body types!
I can't blame those guys really: 1+ pages a day of art with characters you probably don't care much about - I can see how they would take the cookie cutter approach, just to stay sane. Sean Phillips strikes a good balance of speed and variety to me, but a lot of his characters still look like him!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 18th Sep 2012, 7:50 AM
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Oh, I understand the reasoning. And certainly I'm not one who's yet able to boast about a professional working speed (getting closer...). On the other hand, it was literally about an extra minute or two to make sure Julia was shorter than Kathryn in this piece.

I wish I could draw like Phillips. When I've tried, I just get a sloppy mess. He really knows what he's doing.
Reginald Parr Esq. 18th Sep 2012, 10:23 AM
Reginald Parr Esq.
Well despite what his Wiki says, he was doing pro jobs when he was still in school so he has a slight advantage. The guy has literally never done anything else.
Yours is a different style of course, but very awesome!
TheSmilingPsycho 18th Sep 2012, 7:39 AM
I love the intense look in both of their eyes. It really sells the whole picture.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 18th Sep 2012, 7:52 AM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Thanks! I try to pay a lot of attention to the acting when I draw. I don't feel I have the expressivity of, say, Neal Adams, but I try my best to make sure the eyes are selling the proper goods.
TheSmilingPsycho 18th Sep 2012, 9:22 AM
Yea, the eyes are usually what matters most. Because you can contort a person's mouth all you want, but if your eye placement is just a tad off it can completely change their expression. Like they say, the eyes are the windows to the soul. Do you ever find yourself mimicking the faces of the people you're drawing? I do that all the time. I think it actually helps, too.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 18th Sep 2012, 11:35 AM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
I keep a mirror behind my drawing table, facing out. Almost every expression in the book so far is based slightly to heavily to completely on my "acting". The hands too. There's a lot of me in these girls. That sounds wrong, but I'm moving on.
mushroomisland 20th Sep 2012, 3:47 PM
so that's how you make them look so real o_o looks like this one will be exciting XD

..I do find that I make the same expressions the characters are making when I draw them. Just like..unconsciously. :P
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 20th Sep 2012, 5:21 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
I would probably do that too, but when I'm not acting for the mirror, I'm usually singing along very loudly (and sometimes well) to U2 or Matchbox Twenty.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 20th Sep 2012, 5:25 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Oh, and this one is quite exciting -- Kathryn leads them on a mini-quest to save Julia! On the OCEAN!
TheSmilingPsycho 18th Sep 2012, 2:33 PM
Yea, well, there's a lot of "me" in Dexter. That sounds worse. :)
Elysium Bliss 3rd May 2015, 12:45 AM
Elysium Bliss
I've managed to make it this far and I'm blown away by the gorgeous artwork, intricate storyline, and imagination infused in this title. Astounding!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 5th May 2015, 10:43 AM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
That's high praise, thank you! I'm glad you've enjoyed it thus far. Let me know what you think of what comes next. :)
Steven-Vincent 16th Dec 2015, 5:18 PM
Beautiful cover.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 26th Dec 2015, 3:02 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
This was a fun piece to do, though I was nervous that my audience might react poorly to it, as it so brashly channels Medieval painting themes and is more than a bit Freudian about it...

(I honestly didn't know if I could pull off the ocean when I started.:D )