The "Casanova" covers were a big help as the story was weird and fun kinetic which is the tone I was looking for. The comic itself is great as the covers contrast the style of the story which is mostly line work with maybe on or two mono chromatic shades used. The story is amazing as well. It's written by Matt Fraction who also wrote a personal favorite of mine which was "The Immortal Iron Fist", also worth a look for the story but also the art... oh the art. The pencils, inks and colour for "Casanova" were by Gabriel Ba who coincidentally worked on another of those comics that I can read again and again, "Umbrella Academy" written by Gerard Way which I implore you to read.
This was the first sketch that I did and it ended up as you see it now. I wrote "Al along the watch tower" using the tablet thinking it would just be a filler until a font was decided on. Turns out Micheal liked it and said it should be used on all the designs. Mostly I thought Einstein's hair would look like Jimmy Hendricks' if he licked a battery.
He said it was perfect but asked why the character looked so strange to which I replied "He's a cat-man". Using this as a template I drew up a new colour version.
So I changed everything everything except the sun and sky.
The last thing I was asked to do was to come up with a design for a new range of pizza that was also brought in. It was called "Wicked Pizza". Originally I was going to do these as a mash up. The ideas that were arrived at were "Werewolf Gang Mozart" which was going to be a werewolf in Elizabethan dress playing the piano. "Ann-Frankenstein's Monster" Which was going to be a girl Frankenstein's Monster hunched over a diary. I wanted to do something with a zombie but it turned out they were getting in a promotional drink that had a zombie theme and part of the contract was that no other zombie related branding or images should be used in the premises. So I was stuck on a vampire mash up when I was looking at the "Wicked Pizza" logo when I decided to try monsters doing extreme sports.
Originally there was to be a different image for each size of pizza and I used the phases of the moon to correspond with that size. Full moon being large, medium as a 3/4 moon and a small with a 1/4 moon. In the end Micheal settled on one design for all the sizes. which was the vampire one.
This concludes the overview of my first commission job. I hope this gives you an idea of a method for going about a project. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me, I should have a FAQ and profile worked up soon, but with college and other projects in the works I may not get around to them as quickly as I would like. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I look forward to having more to come soon.