Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Maxx 15 Cover...

So.. I started this one a few posts ago...

time to wrap it up.

Another covers due.

Time to finish this one up.

Trying not to overwork this one.

Radically different logo design for this one.

Julie looks like she's in a Ren Fest doesn't she?

getting there . . .

or maybe all going horribly wrong. . .

maybe add a bit more olive green to that moss,

Purple up this guy a little too. 

so.. that's how we got here.  

Sorta like a long lost Elfquest cover, isn't it?

You know what's weird, i just thought of this too..

there's no WAY the right side of the Maxx's body could be hidden behind such a skinny tree, is there? 

Above is the pic on my art table.

Below is the scanned version.  Notice how the pic version above has more saturated colors.

But there's a softer subtler quality to the scanned version below, isn't there?

Which do you like better?

Was thinking of my maybe doing a Art Book full of new/old Maxx Covers someday, (that is, once we get enough covers to justify a whole book.)  I was surprised how few cover's the Maxx appeared on the old comics. Maybe that's why i enjoy the new ones, gives me a chance to draw him and let him hog the whole cover.. plus paint with more confidence than i had before.

If i did do a book of Maxx covers... that would be the best time time to tweak all these covers colors' for the best possible resolution - really make sure all color are true to the originals.

Warts and all.

I'll try to post something non-Maxx next time. Sorry, i'm just up-to-my-ass in Maxx-crap right now, between the reprints and everything else...

Yes. I promise you there is life (and art) ...beyond Maxx. : )

As usual, your continued patience . . .  is always greedily appreciated.



the danman can said...

Love it!! I prefer the original, before scan. As you said, better colors.

Georgia said...

This is beautifully done! I like the softness in the scan, but both are great. I hope that you do a book of old/new Maxx covers one day, that's one art book I wish very much existed!

Thank you for sharing with us :)

cody said...

SO GOod.

juvinwo said...

God....every piece is more amazing. My mind is always blown....I need more! Lol. I would totally buy a maxx art book! Love the original pic before the scan. The colors are POWERFUL. Keep up the good work Sam!

Marcus Collar said...

"between he reprints and everything else..."

oh man "everything else..." does that mean there are some new projects coming?

one can always dream, how about a Sandman/Mr. Gone crossover lol

keep up the great work and yeah he can fit behind the tree!


Marcus Collar said...

I mis quoted but you get the idea lol

Adam S. Messinger said...

Man, you can post as much Maxx stuff as you want. If you even started another blog (which wouldn't make much sense considering the amount of time you put into a post) just dedicated to Maxx stuff and then kept this one for everything else, I'd be glued to both of them. I'd totally drop like $10 or $15 on like a 80 page volume featuring ALL The Maxx covers. - Adam

Dan Reece said...

Lookin' great the both of em', but I think I like the un-scanned , it has more contrast and it's saturated like you said.

Michael said...

I like the original. I like the rawness of the image. In my opinion the texture adds to the piece. When I your works at the Cartoon Museum it was the different textures and materials used that kept me looking at your work.

milo said...

Heartbreakingly beautiful as always. But then again i am a huge fan of your work "warts and all" and of course Maxx and Julie always have a special place in my heart.
Can't wait for more Nola and Trout work too!

Anonymous said...

Only thing i went to comic con for was to finish my sam kieth marvel comics presents run awesome cover but dissapointed when the interiors werent sam kieth insides

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Dan Uncles said...

I love all the new MAXX art. I hope we get a covers book and an Omnibus collection once all the IDW hardcovers are completed.

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