June 19th, 2016

Betty & Veronica

ARTIST: Allison Sohn, United States
ARTIST STATEMENT: For my Betty & Veronica variant cover, I used Stillman & Birn Zeta paper. I wanted to limit the way the markers can spread on the surface, and I find that the thickness of Zeta really helps with that. Since I knew there were going to be small details, and some subtlety to the facial expressions, I wanted to have better control over my medium (in this instance, Copic markers) and I knew that Zeta was the better choice for that. Additionally, the smooth surface of Zeta is great to go back and put inked details on top of my color work.

I’ve done another cover since then- it’s not yet been announced, so I can’t share it at this time- but I went with Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper for that one. I knew that I had areas in the piece where I wanted to encourage the blendability of the marker pigments and use the bleed of the pens to my advantage. The lighter weight of Epsilon, along with the smooth surface, enhanced that aspect of working with the Copic Markers. And again, that smooth surface allowed me to go back in afterward and ink in tiny details without any trouble.
MEDIA: Markers and ink
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Allison Sohn is an illustrator working primarily in trading cards and comic book covers. She has illustrated such properties as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Red Sonja and Archie Comics. She lives with her husband, artist Adam Hughes, and their three cats and three Old English Sheepdogs.

Betty & Veronic

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