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Cover Art: Insomniac Artists on Drawing Spider-Man

SPIDERMAN! It’s no secret that our team at Insomniac Games loves the character, so we wanted to introduce ourselves to the web-head’s 60th anniversary in a cool way. Cue… comics! We collaborated with Marvel to design five variant covers for Beyond Amazing, featuring art inspired by the Marvel’s Spider-Man game series, our study’s version of the character.

Check out our cover gallery below! Each cover is accompanied by a review by an Insomniac artist who shares insights into his inspirations, ideas, and love for Spider-Man! These issues have already started rolling out in the US with more coming soon… check with your local US retailers for availability! Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered Y Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales They are already available on PlayStation 5 and PC.

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john dust

What inspired this cover?

The cover was inspired by a Spider-Man cover created by the amazing John Romita.

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What tools did you use to create it?

The cover was made with Photoshop.

What is your personal history with Spider-Man?

Spider-Man was definitely a part of my childhood growing up watching the animated cartoon in the afternoon. The opening with its 3D buildings and iconic theme song stayed with me throughout my adulthood. I always thought how wonderful it would be to be able to walk around the city. It would be many years later playing the Insomniac game that I would rediscover that feeling.

What makes a great comic book cover?

Its simplicity is what makes it great. I can imagine this cover standing out in a comic book store filled with hundreds, if not thousands of comics, all fighting for our attention with dynamic compositions. This cover would simply stand out for the contrast alone.

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Oliver Fetscher

What inspired this cover?

This cover is a tribute to Web of Spider-Man #1 (Art by Charles Vess), so that’s the main inspiration. With that being said, I grew up as a Spider-Man fan in the 1990s and 2000s and wanted to bring some of that artistic flavor that inspired me a lot growing up. I love detailed artwork and strong compositions that tell a story in different layers.

What tools did you use to create it?

I mainly used Photoshop and some 3D to set up a base and perspective in the scene.

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What is your personal history with Spider-Man?

I was convinced I was Spider-Man as a kid and ruined a bookshelf at home after getting ideas from reading some new comics… Jokes aside, I’ve always been a huge fan of comics and Spider-Man has always been on the top. On that list, some of my earliest drawings are of Spider-Man and his villains. I remember looking at art, thinking that one day maybe I can draw like that.

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What makes a great comic book cover?

I think there can be many different good concepts around what makes a good cover. Sometimes I love very simplistic, stylized or old school covers.

My favorite idea behind a cover is something that sparks ideas of what could happen in the issue without counting too much. I’m a big fan of mystery and seeing something that eludes or foreshadows what’s to come.

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dennis-chan

What inspired this cover or what did you choose for this cover?

What really inspired me to choose this cover was how much the original cover art created by Tony Harris stood out from the many options I was able to choose from to make this variant cover. The idea and composition were so clear, simple and powerful, but most of all the cover art captured me on an emotional level. Realizing how complex this piece was, I wanted to challenge myself to do a variant version and somehow keep the original feel.

What tools did you use to create it?

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To create this illustration, I’ve used Zbrush to sculpt and pose Spider-Man and Peter Parker’s costume. I used Blender to set up the lights and rendered using Cycles. I took this opportunity to express a more painterly look for this cover, so I intentionally rendered it low-res so as not to miss out on heavily rendered detail. Ultimately, I spent many hours painting the render using Adobe Photoshop to get the result I was looking for.

What is your personal history with Spider-Man?

Of the two superheroes I was exposed to at a very young age, one of them was Spider-Man. He wasn’t old enough to understand the text on the balloons, but the strips were very powerful to me and I was amazed at how sequential they were. I was able to understand the story without reading. Even at a young age without much life experience, I felt that I could relate to the everyday life of Peter Parker on an emotional level. The history embedded in the art kept me interested for many years until my late teens. I practically had a subscription to Spider-Man comics that would be dropped in my mailbox monthly until I was 20 years old.

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What makes a great comic book cover?

For me, what makes a book cover great is the emotion it reflects. If the cover can capture the audience on an emotional level, I would consider it successful.

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daryl mandrik

What inspired this cover?

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This version was a remake of the classic ‘Here Lies’ version, but with the twist of introducing the Advanced Suit.

What tools did you use to create it?

Mostly this was all done in Photoshop, using basic digital painting tools. The tombstone was modeled in Blender and composited into the image.

What is your personal history with Spider-Man?

Spider-Man is one of my favorite superheroes. As a kid, he would watch classic cartoons and buy a lot of Spidey comics. I loved his wisecracking personality and the wide range of imaginative villains he faced. As I got older, I was able to relate to Peter’s struggles with relationships and finances =)

What makes a great comic book cover?

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A few things. It has to make a good first impression so that the reader is motivated to pick it up and read it. Therefore, the image must be striking and dramatic, tempting you with all the emotion within, and it must be clear and simple enough to communicate this quickly. It needs to stand out from what’s next to it on the shelf, so something needs to be unique: it could be the colors, the composition, or the storytelling. I guess you could say find a ‘hook’ for the image. It’s not an exact science, but I think if you keep these things in mind, at least you’re on the road to success.

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Bobby Hernandez

What inspired this cover?

This cover is a tribute to the cover art for the 100th Amazing Spider-Man, created by the legendary John Romita Sr. It is inspired by the designs we created at Insomniac Games for our games Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. .

What tools did you use to create it?

Spider-Man was posed in 3D to understand his anatomy and help me understand the pose. This also helped me understand where the suit folded and what details would be visible.

I then used this to draw it in Photoshop along with the rest of the design. I finished it up in Photoshop by painting and rendering Spider-Man and then drawing the additional characters with white lines on a black background to mimic the original cover approach.

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What is your personal history with Spider-Man?

Spider-Man has been a part of my life since I was a kid playing with action figures. Collecting and reading Spider-Man comics has had a huge impact on my artistic career, seeing various artists portray the villains and Spidey himself, and telling those iconic stories through comic panels and covers. Today, I am very grateful to currently work at Insomniac Games and to be able to help add to the history and legacy of Spider-Man through the games we create.

What makes a great comic book cover?

To me, a great comic book cover is like a great movie poster: it should hold you and your interest. It should show elements of the story without giving away the story. It suggests the tone and emotion of the story within the pages you are about to read.

You combine that with amazing composition and layout, and I feel like that really lends itself to a great cover.

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