SPEED

Graphic Design – Comic Book Covers

Introduction        Process       Conclusion

The SPEED Comic Series w/ Speed and Entity Comic Covers

Technical Information:

Programs Used: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Role: Designer, Creator, Illustrator

Date: June 2018

Client: Stash Comics

Introduction

In this project, I tasked to create fictional characters and make my own comic book covers for a comic book fair hosted by Stash Comics. They are asking for original designs made by the owner and taken from other sources. I know heroes, villains, and anti-heroes have been big so far in the year of 2018, and has had many successful hero movies. I couldn’t help but get inspired. So, I decided to create my own comic book creations with sketches I’ve done. I always imagined how it’d be to be a hero and I spent time in my thoughts planning out what powers I would want, who my partner would be, and who the villain could be. I planned potential adventures these characters would go through to get to a point of being the greatest hero ever. The reason why I even thought about this idea is because It’s not realistic for me to be a superhuman, fly, jump really high, or run really fast. But, I can make a character that has some of those characteristics – having in mind they have to be balanced.

Process

Initial Designs:

I started off by planning my characters – this being: knowing their powers, their costume, their equals. It took me a while but I figured, I wanted to create someone really fast and speedy. It’s a bit mainstream knowing how many “‘speedy” superheroes there are in comics. But, I wanted to create my very own. So, I started sketching the type of characters I wanted in the comic. One being Speed. The other – well, I wanted someone strong and mystical and mysterious – from another dimension or a different planet – just not human. I thought about a space-alien type creature who is an anti-hero (good but doesn’t stick to the ideals of everything that is good) and I started to think about what kind of positions do I want them to be in on the comic cover. I figured to keep my characters simple and found some images online that show someone running or standing still. Running for Speed – the main protagonist – because he is the speedster so it would only be natural for him to be running in the cover. For the other character I named Entity, I figured would need a mysterious approach towards the reader. So, I gave it a weird position with it’s hand reaching out. I found reference pictures and I used these as guidelines to what I wanted the position of the characters to be.

 

Rough Designs:

Next, I traced my drawings over to Illustrator – using a mouse and keyboard – and tried to accurately trace my images, tweaking things on the way that I felt would benefit my illustration even more. Colours were also picked during the illustrator process. I experimented with different colors and I initially had some in mind to use but never worked out. But, I felt the comic cover wasn’t complete and that I needed to add more. I placed both the characters in their own separate projects in Photoshop and added a background on them both that, I thought, would fit well with the character and their color. I found free to use images online that I made my backgrounds for both comic covers. I decided to give Entity a more mysterious and Galactic feel so I added a galaxy-type background. For Speed, I wanted to show how fast he was. So, I found this background of a building with a body of water in front. I thought about duplicating the background and then blurring it to give the illusion that Speed is fast. I also duplicated Speed and blurred that layer to show how quick he is. After placing these comic characters from Illustrator to Photoshop and playing around with the backgrounds of each comic cover, I manipulated the galactic background to fit the page and I made duplicates of Entity and played with the screen modes for it to have a dark, transparent color to it. For Speed, I placed him on water with the background blurred because he’s fast and most likely can run on water – and I took advantage of the photo the way it already was. 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, this project allowed me to experience the creation of illustrations. Though I wasn’t able to have access to some tools to make the work look smooth, I was still able to pull off an accurate illustration from good selections. I became more creative with adding effects and playing around by warping some text to make it stand out more. The Speed Comic Series was a way for me to express my fanboy side of comics, comic books, and superheroes. I know that superheroes are a thing of fantasy and that the heroes we have realistically are human, but they stay heroes regardless. This project allowed me to combine my childhood nostalgia with graphic design allowing me to create these comic book covers that, maybe one day, get published. I finalized by adding the rest of the information into the comic covers like: my full, a code tag, the date of publish, and the issue number. The basic components for a comic book.