Because at the start, of this commission the Marvel Comics Stamps were in an ‘embargo’. I was not told what the artwork was to be used for. This is the first time that has happened to me and felt a little strange.
In particular, the Alien Planet brief was a little woolly, so I drew up several pencil sketch versions for Westminster to see before the final design was settled on.
Here are those sketches for you to see and see which you like and prefer. The initial brief was for an Alien Planet with a zero gravity war zone. I then asked if this could be narrowed down a little and was asked for a floating monolith and planet debris.
I drew up the elements and moved them to each sketch as required to save time.
At the final stage, the monolith element was dropped and we just have the debris floating about.
Here’s the finished painting in oils on paper support.
Here’s a link if you wish to get hold of this Cover with its partner the Times Square Cover:
‘MARVEL Comics Stamps – Artist’s Edition FDC Pair‘
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