BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN – The Evolution of Dave Taylor’s Artwork

February 14th, 2013

Batman Death By Design The Joker Dave Taylor Chip Kidd Book

Here’s a quick post to share some of the process that goes into making a DC Comics Graphic Novel. As an example we’re using BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN, which was written by Chip Kidd and beautifully drawn by UK Comic Book Artist Dave Taylor. This example mainly focuses on the Joker!

OK, the graphics are being shown in order and they should explain their self pretty good. Here, we get to see how the scripted page starts out as a simple layout and then it grows into a final page.

The first page shows the script sketched out by Chip Kidd and it’s also sort of mapped out with basic dialogue. By the way, this was done on Quark! Then, we get to see Dave Taylor’s blue-line ( non-photograph able ) artwork. This gets approved and then he does his light pencil work in black. Then the next image shows a lot of the deep blacks that are added on top & the art is cleaned up a little bit. OK, this is now scanned into a computer and some digital coloring is added. The last photo is the finished work sort of as it appeared in the book. Pretty cool, huh?!

 

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Comments

Paul Chadwick said -

Congrats on the rave in the NYRB (!). The book sounds brilliant, and Dave’s art above is gorgeous. Who posed for the Joker? Terrific facial expressiveness.

February 17, 2013 @ 11:10 am • Reply

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