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This is a cover I just finished drawing for Grimm Fairy Tales #66.

I find that every cover I do has a story behind it and I kind of like the story behind this one and thought I'd share:

Last year I pitched an idea for an exclusive cover for "Tales From Wonderland" to debut at Phoenix Comic-Con 2010 that portrayed Alice (in Wonderland) sitting on the hot deserted road somewhere in the Arizona desert kind of hitching for a ride. I was told that it didn't sound interesting enough and we were supposed to be doing football theme covers for shows, but I was asked to at least draw up a layout sketch and pitch it so I did. The cover ended up being the second best selling book at the convention and ultimately one of the best selling and most requested covers of my career which was amazing to me.

So this year when Zenescope based all their show exclusive variant covers on that one image and went with a hitchhiker/road trip theme I couldn't believe it! We've done a bunch of them this year, including the SDCC nude covers, based on that concept and this will be the last book in the hitchhiker theme. I was pitched the idea of drawing a hot girl looking all sexy waiting for a train which is a good idea that you can't go wrong with, and I was totally aiming in that direction until I thought of this. I felt it was only appropriate to give homage to the original Phoenix cover that inspired this years successful run of exclusives and pitched a layout of a girl looking really bored or sad sitting on her suitcases in an empty train station. Both covers are very similar if you compare them: lonely environment, anxious expressions, etc. which I thought was fun but they stand on their own which was important to me. On the suitcases you might notice there's tags of some of the conventions we hit this year where we released these some of the road trip/hitchhiker covers. Again, being the end of the con-season I thought it might be fun to have Sela tired and saddened that the fun is over for a few months, waiting for a train back home.

Granted this one is less up-front-sexy and more on the "cute" side but I'm really happy with how the girl came out. I do wish the background was a little more involved but it was a learning experience as always!

Original "Phoenix or Bust" Phoenix Comic-Con cover: [link]

Pencils: Me (Mike DeBalfo)

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AuraShah Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  New Deviant
Please Color this one
UtsukushiiAhiru Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
She is lovely, and the background is amazing
navmun6485 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
jwiest Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, she's beautiful! I'd soooo love to see this one colored but this is amazing enough as it is. That pose/expression is perfect and I love the hair & hat!
Richardsoncreations Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no words can begin to describe how awesome i think this picture is and how envious i am at your level of talent! :) but you can bet ur last pencil I'LL CATCH UP DANGIT!!! hahaha
LAvenus79 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is adorable :D
GianlucaJackZito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wah!!!!! it's very nice drawing, I like it!!!!!!
Ginryuzaki Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
awesome work! love it~! :iconkokorox:
Nakimon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome pencilwork!!
forbesrobertson Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
hey SquirrelShaver... I have inked this and have been coloring for practice. Do you mind if I post it when I am done, giving you credit for the original art? I am pretty sure you may like my finished product. Thanks in advance.
Swebliss Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love the teddy bear :)
kaitlynjanetm Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love this...
Septiik Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Great amount of detail and motif.
Dreamkatcherr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
i love everything about this
michaelstewart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
cute, hey she looks like Mary
toyotomiinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice and lovely.
TodoArtist Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very sexy work , truly makes you think about whats on her mind.
SarahPerryman Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really nice job. I love how the space around her is very busy and detailed in contrast with her simple lines. It's a fantastic use of space.
Nicholas2004 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Quite lovely!
nejo233 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
simply awesome :woohoo:
tZuB Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
pose awesome...BG amazing! That's a top 10 piece! One of your bests.
ga-ren Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the perspective - but she is cute.
huitzlbane Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
the background is what caught my eye at first, and the 'supersexy' drawing style isnt always my favorite, so this cuter style of the character worked. hope to see the color version soon!!
jimjimmyjones85 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I like all aspects of it and think it's awesome. I hate when I can't get some of your covers, but when I do, I treasure them.
pako0007 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!!!

My first thought with this was strawberry shortcake
MalformedBunny Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks like Anastasia from the movie Anastasia [link]
StellaStarfish Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
wow. absolutely amazing. i love this :) faves!
xXxAssassin1401xXx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
It's nice to see a pretty female character who isn't a size 0 stick for once...nice job. :)
chieri Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I lol'ed when you said "a hot girl looking all sexy waiting for a train". Keep up the great work, I know I'll be watching! :D
aptira Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this artwork. Really well made.
AlexanderHaloArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooww, she is lovely.
oceanCharlie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Maybe a red-hair girl waiting in the station..beatiful T_T
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BrenGun Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
really sweet!!!
Elinewton Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Amazing drawing!!
So fine details and so beautiful scene!!
wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
excellent work! :thumbsup:
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CarlShinyama Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes cute is more powerful than up-front-sexy. Well done, Mike!
wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Splendid! Love it!
midorico Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I wish I could draw as great as you do!
Monkler Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
me too
digiCHRIS Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! And SUPERsexy too ;D
cat-gray-and-me78 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Great pencils! Would love to ink this someday.
mustingel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I abdolutely love this, you are amazing with the poses, they are alwasy so soft and true like.
I really admire it about you and hey not all the pictures you do have to be basicallly naked
or super sexy. Women can be also sexy without showing as much skin as possible and in my
very own opinion she is really sexy here on her cute way which is a really nice change to all
the nude going around in DA :D But i think the background is really good, dosent take the attention
away from the girl, yet when you look at it more closely, theres a lot of detail in it. I know people
ask you this a lot but how did you get so good with the poses? I try to get myself as far as you are
but Im not sure anymore how exactly to learn so the poses would be so ..real and soft as yours
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PAC23 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
This is SWEET Man! Nice :)
KION-ART Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
absolutely beautiful!!!
Mycael006 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Ah great minds think alike :)


That's an awesome way to wrap it up Mike. Can't wait to see what next year's theme is!
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the background, Mike... super cool, and I dig her pose
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