Last week, I finished drawing a set of Mars Attacks sketch cards for IDW and Topps. This was my first time doing sketch cards, unless you count that time in high school when I painted my own version of Marvel Masterpieces, so I was excited to give it a go. Plus, I've been steadily running out of steam on my One Sketch A Day thing (one more month!), so I figured it was a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
I usually post my daily sketches on Instagram, but I didn't want to give too much away until IDW gave me the all clear, so my feed kind of turned into close-ups of eyeballs and teeth for a couple of weeks. Here's a better look at what I've been working on.
I use a variety of stuff when I'm sketching, so these are all a hodgepodge of markers, watercolors, colored pencils, ink, paint, and even a little white charcoal. There are 40 cards in all, and I did my best to make sure that they were all unique and different from each other. I also spent many late nights studying science, to make sure everything was accurate. Here's some desk shot stuff.
And here's a line-up of every card in the set.
My understanding is that this happy family will be split up, and cards will be individually tucked away inside copies of IDW Limited's forthcoming Mars Attacks hardcover collection, due out in May. If you're not familiar with IDW Limited, they offer super fancy books that are hand-crafted by elves and sold in different tiers of exclusivity. My cards will be included with the Red Label Edition, which is limited to 250 copies, and is sprinkled with the eyelashes of fairies before shipping. Really amazing stuff.
Incidentally, since I co-opted my One Sketch A Day time to work on this project, here's what February's pages look like in my book. The pencil drawings are my original roughs (which I drew separately and transferred onto the cards with transfer paper), and next to them I've pasted up scans of the finished cards.