This cover is from an old Devil's Due mini series called Storm Shadow. Written by Larry Hama, and edited by my good friend Mike O'Sullivan, I really liked this series. There was a variant cover to issue #1 that just had the Arashikage ninja clan symbol in red on a white background. The back of the book was blank. This was all before the blank cover craze hit, and we've got someone with the awesome idea, that this is a chance to get some cool Storm Shadow cover art!
Now I am in no way, knockin' the idea. I actually really like the concept. But in practice, this cover stock was hands down, without question, the WORST paper I have EVER tried to ink on. Im not complaining, Im just stating a very clear fact. Ha, man I thought Fallen Son covers were bad, I thought that last X-Men cover was a pain, GOOD NIGHT! I tried penciling on this cover and nothing would show up. Seriously nothing. I was able to make a few marks that would engrave a line into the stock. I quickly realized there wasnt going to be any redrawing or I would have an engraved maze of lines and I'd be Etching instead of Sketching. As soon as I had the figure very basically suggested I started inking. I knew I was going to do some kind of background, but I was still trying to picture what I wanted as I worked.
After 3 different brands of pens I found one that would actually keep a mark on the paper. While this still smeared in a couple of little places, it all stayed pretty well. Storm Shadow is one of my favorite characters that I rarely get to draw, and I love Japanese architecture, so in spite of the actual experience, this was one of my favorites so far.
Sketch Cover Storm Shadow - 139
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