Anatomy of a Cover: Marco D. Carrillo on Astro Crusader #1
Let's take a quick look at process of coming up with a cover for Astro Crusader #1.
First, original artist Fabio Nahon sketched out his idea. I loved the linework, but worried that our hero looked a little too thick and blocky around the midsection. I wanted him to be more sleek, and less muscular.
Then Marco D. Carrillo stepped up and came up with a cool composition. I thought it was very dynamic, but I decided it might be better to show a little more of the character's costume.
This was the basic composition Marco and I finally agreed on.
Here are the finished pencils and inks:
Marco takes a first pass on the colors. I thought the cloud effects were a little distracting, and I asked him to turn down the intensity on both the power beams and the reflected light on Astro Crusader's costume.
And here's the finished product:
Bright, clean, and pop-infused! Nice work, Marco! I love it!