Sunday, September 16, 2012

Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Celestials (Jemiah)

CELESTIALS - Jemiah the Analyzer

Here's the original version from the Marvel Handbook. 

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In this case, Jemiah seems like something between a Transformer and Shogun Warrior (the giant robots, not the Japanese military leaders).  He is one of the few Celestials that has a human-like "face".  Personally, the "faceless" Celestials are more enigmatic and interesting to me.

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STEP ONE:  I pencilled the image on a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of cardstock with a .5mm mechanical pencil with 2B lead.  I usually like a softer lead, as it erases easier and generally cleans up well (I keep the lines pretty light, though).  Once again, I think the pencils are far superior to the inks.  Sigh...

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STEP TWO:  Here are the inks, done with a .3mm Copic Marker for the outlines, and the a brush and ink to add a little more line weight.  That system, while a little awkward and cumbersome, seems to work better for mechanical objects...  At least for me.  I then scanned it into Photoshop and cleaned the line work up a bit.

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STEP THREE:  Once I cleaned everything up in Photoshop, I copied the layer and set it to MULTIPLY to color it.  Three down, 7 to go...  :-)

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This was done with pen-and-ink on 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" cardstock and colored in Photoshop.



  1. hey John sorry to go off topic here but considering the Rom The Arrival piece you did you need to check this out if you don't know about this already:

    1. Hey, Thanks! That John Romita Jr. version of the page is really cool! It's like looking into an alternate reality... :-)