Final Issue of KULT Released


 A few days ago, I received my comp copies from Dark Horse for the final issue of KULT which is now out on comic stands. It's fun to have all four issues together at last and I wanted to share some process images I managed to dig out of the hard drive.

I try to keep my digital working process as close to my traditional process as possible. There are a lot of digital painters out there that basically combine their sketching and painting stages into one jumbled process, but, while I do that on rare occasion, I'm much more comfortable starting at a drafting table in a sketchbook. My art directors wanted a sort of homage to one of Frank Frazetta's Conan covers, without being too obviously derivative. It made the sketching stage both easier and more difficult at the same time.



One real advantage to doing digital color comps (something I need to get more in the habit of doing) is that once you've got something down that you're satisfied with, you can just color pick directly from the comp image. As you can see, there is very little difference between the colors in the comp and the final piece.


The final pencil drawing is done on Fanboy standard comic art boards. I really hate the product name, but they're awesome for doing any kind of comic work because the sheets are already sized and marked off for bleed and trim, etc. I didn't use any specific photo reference for this piece. It's basically a mish-mash of a bunch of different sources...and it probably shows, haha. But, after this gets the okay, I scan it in sections, piece it together in Photoshop, and get rolling on the final painting in Painter X!


And for anyone interested, I've got 10 limited edition high-quality prints of this cover for sale at my web store! They're 12"x17" (the largest existing versions of this image!) and printed on archival-quality, museum-grade rag. Click the link above, or go to www.murr-art.com/storefront for ordering details!