I recently completed a large commission for DC Comics Licensing, eleven logos related to Superman. Last I’ve heard, they haven’t decided where or how to use them yet, but I wanted to share some of what I did. For the first time in a long time I was asked to pencil and ink the logos, based on rough designs by Jeff Granito which DC sent me. Usually, even when I start with a hand-drawn design, I pencil lightly, then ink with markers. This time I had to tightly pencil, scan and send in the pencils for approval, then make any changes and ink the designs. It was a lot of work, and hit me at a busy time, but somehow I just managed to finish them all by the deadline.
Here’s an example of what I got to work from. As you can see, this rough design by Jeff Granito needs refinement, but has all the info needed to create a finished piece. Here’s my pencil version:
This was approved as shown (I added the nuts and bolts as requested), and inked. Wish I could show the inks, but I don’t think I can get away with that. I probably shouldn’t even be showing the pencils, but I can’t resist the opportunity to show off a little. You won’t tell, will you? Here are more pencilled logos.
For this one I had to remove the pointed tower on one building.
There are more, but those are the ones I like best, and you get the idea. Hope they’re used at some point, it’d be cool to see one of these on a tee-shirt someday. Meanwhile, it’s nice to know I can still wield the old pencil.