How we made the Harley Variant cover. We had a blast making this cover and I think it shows up in the final cover!
Step 1 - Lineart
So the first thing to do is come up with a cover sketch. It needs to be approved by DC Comics before I can start drawing the cover.
Wasn't 100% sure what to do for this cover as I could do anything - too many choices! So I asked my editor, Eddy Choi, if he had any ideas and he mentioned Harley and Flash racing in the desert like Wiley E. Coyote and the Roadrunner! Bingo!
Sent initial sketch to Eddy and sketch "C".
The sketches are drawn at 2x3 inches in my sketchbook in pencil and pen and then cleaned up and colored in Photoshop.
My initial pencils drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 12 x 18 Bristol Board
Nailing Harley down.
Detail of Harley and Flash
Detail of Harley's boots...
Rachel Dodson's inks over my pencils with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink to ink the covers with.
And then I scan and clean in Photoshop.