And yes, the image got squeezed a little for the banner. I'm not a fan of how some papers disproportionately squeeze the strip art for publication (ugh!) -- but here the banner format forced the issue. I tried to keep the distortion to a minimum -- and I think the end result looks fine. The background is made up of assorted Sunday strips drawn by me -- color and black scaled way back so as to let the foreground image and copy dominate. If you see me at a comics or collectors' show, I'll have this thing set up behind me -- it's HUGE!
And for those who like to see such things, I'm including the reference photo of me posing for that shot. Much of the strip is drawn out of my head -- but for the sake of accuracy and expediency, I often shoot a quick photo (hurray for "Photo Booth") to check the pose, lighting, etc. As you can see, the Phantom has broader shoulders and a stronger jaw than the unshaven fellow who draws him.
ha! i've been using photobooth like a mo-fo since i found out about it. FANTASTIC artist tool. great work btw!
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