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Bubble Gun by SquirrelShaver Bubble Gun by SquirrelShaver
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For the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con coming June, 14th I was commissioned by the convention director to do this exclusive variant cover for a new book by Aspen Comics called "Bubble Gun".

When I first got the character reference for this cover I knew this girl was right up my alley in terms of the characters' persona, but I had no idea how much fun she would be to draw. My favorite part was drawing her left leg with that boot and the way she has a sock peaking out the top and in retrospect I kind of with I had drawn this pose face on. I still like it, but she has this really cool chest armor that could have been fun to dabble with. (no pun intended). There wasn't any backside reference available for the character at the time so I had to improvise what you see here on her back.

It's rare these days that I get a concept pitched to me, but still I like the refreshing challenge a predetermined concept offers. For this one they were looking for a homage of two J. Scott Campbell covers from Danger Girl and Wild C.A.T.S. I think the end result here is a nice mash-up of the two images presented to me while standing on it's own by not being an obvious swipe. In my opinion homage covers work best on a well established series or character where the homage can easily be taken as such. With a new series such as Bubble Gun here a homage, especially on the first issue, Can be missed, or worse, mistaken as a swipe or lack of creativity on the artists' end.

All in all, I'm mostly happy with how this turned out and I hope you all enjoy it as well. :)

:iconsquirrelshaver: Pencils: me (Mike DeBalfo)


Copyright 2013 Aspen Comics
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mishteeshim Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
lovely pencil work. I really enjoy the back (shirt) part of the uniform for the hardware and the muscle definition. 
Demon971 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Love it! She reminds me of Nova from Starcraft: Ghost. Awesomeness. :D

Added to faves :+fav:
RaindropsAreTyeDyed Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love science fiction stuff, this is great and the torn space suit is a nice touch. ;)
danzano Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Mike - keep up the great work!  As soon as I saw this print at the Aspen booth at SDCC 2013, my eyes popped open and I was blown away.  The thing I love about this piece is the slight sense of desperation, despite an over all pose of control.  It really draws you in and gives you an emotional connection to what the character might be experiencing.  I know that sounds lame, but it really does.  You've got the stuff man!  Keep running with it.  Love your work
Stylez1980 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dope! your style!
TaiketsuPRO Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS!!! my eyes likes alot...absorbing talent!!!!
nicely done
hykeekyh Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
oh man!! you're very good!!
prof-ohmgee Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail is amazing!

Top notch stuff.
PeterSaga631 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Outstanding piece, she looks amazing!
GuyverSnake Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Cool. Nice pose :)
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