I spent a few nights on this promotional piece for the Comic Fest. The idea was to take the cover of Captain America 193 and turn Cap into Comic Fest guy, a mascot designed five years ago by Scott Shaw! I wanted to use CA 197 where Cap was alone, yelling to no one, with missiles flying between his legs, but the powers that be liked this composition with the shield rounding through the knee up through the Falcon, leg, and fist. When Mike Towry saw an image issue 193 on my phone he didn't even think it was Kirby because of the strong Romita inks. I found online a xerox of a stat of the pencils and inked them in Illustrator working with 5 different line profiles. The penciled head was kind of undramatic so I picked up the head from issue 200's pencils that I found. I put the crowd in silhouette to save time and because Scot Shaw! had silhouetted characters on his logo (see sdcomicfest.org). Colors had to be changed since the characters are dressed in gold and red instead of blue and white. I have no ideas what do put on the shield and was flummoxed by the Kirby crackle. Romita drew flames and smoke. I gave the shield some volume to evoke a bit of Guardian. I found fonts "American Purpose" and "FantastiFont". This is out for comments. It may be this year's T-shirt.
Ben Montag saw my FB post about this Tumblr and did a paragraph of essay about Kirby hands. Which I will C&P here...
deep in the weeds) Kirby drew fists strangely. Most artists when
drawing a fist coming at you draw with all the proximal phalanges (first
finger bone) flat. The viewer sees where the fingers meet the hand and
knuckle formed by the metacarpal bones.
The thumb is tucked under and the plane of the thumbnail is angled back.
Kirby drew where the fingers bends straight on--where the proximal and
medial phalanges meet (mid finger knuckle), the hand then is turned up
and you don't see where the fingers connect at the top of the hand or
the metacarpal bones. The finger bones can't be portrayed receding back
from the second knuckle at this angle without a lot of cross hatching so
they really do look like four ovals. When the thumb is tucked under the
fingers at this angle, the thumbnail is flat to the visual plane. This
is the easiest way to look down at your fist if when your arm is resting
on an armrest, but an odd way to throw a punch."