DAVE CHAPPELLE - THE JOKER
commissioned me to illustrate Dave Chappelle's story - the
huge success of his show, the reputed nervous breakdown, the
disappearance into South Africa after securing a 50 million deal with
Comedy Central - in comics form. I was too busy to illustrate the
series of images they had wanted, so I agreed to do one 'cover' image.
The AD was pretty clear about what he wanted: Dave in the
spotlight, beset by his characters, on a faux comic book cover
entitled, "The Joker." So I submitted this sketch, which was rightly
rejected. I usually have trouble with likelinesses, so the this sketch
was a struggle, and the result was stiff. No fun.
Then the AD sent me this reference image, and the clouds parted.
Despite my arty-farty pretensions, I love old comic book
covers, so I attacked the illustration with new energy. The sketch is
graphite on bond, 5.5 x 8.5," which I enlarge and transfer with a
lightbox onto a larger sheet of bristol.
graphite on bristol, cleaned up and adjusted in Photoshop, 8 x 10" @ 450 dpi.
photoshop colors, with flat colors underneath the
linework to facilitate selection of areas for rendering. At this point,
I've also finished the vector elements like the credit box and logo,
which were started during the sketch phase.
rendered photoshop color.
a bit of post-production and photoshop wizardry results in a beat up, vintage look.