Rafer Roberts Walks Us Through His A&A #1 Cover

Artist Rafer Roberts took to his tumblr page to share his process for doing his recently announced A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1 cover that features Obadiah Archer, Aram Anni-Padda and Davey the Mackerel.

Since my variant cover of A&A #1 was revealed here (and is in the current issue of Previews) I thought some folks might like to see some process shots.

1- The original sketch. There was a few others, but this is what we chose. (To this day, I am shocked that my editors let me get away with this level of quick drawing for step one.)

2- The pencils. There was a lot more erasing going on than I usually do on a drawing. I tend to hold myself to a higher standard with covers and want them to be perfect.

3- One of many pictures I took of myself for reference. This is me being Davey the Mackerel.

4 and 5 – Raw inks and cleaned-up in Photoshop inks. I ended up drawing a lot of extra stuff outside of the margin to give my self the freedom to adjust the cropping later on if I wanted to.

6- The final colors.

I hope this is interesting to anyone, and I hope that you tell your local retailer to order you a copy of A&A #1. On sale March 16th, 2016!

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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