B.P.R.D.: 1948 Issue #5 hits store shelves on February 20th, and artist Max Fiumara provided us with a few sketches and notes on his process of designing one of the comic’s monsters, the iconic B.P.R.D. HQ, and more.
Click each of the below sketches to see them bigger and in more detail.
Design of the Roc:
I designed this monster bearing in mind that the scenes where it appears are in the plain desert of Utah during daytime, so I added that fur over the creature to somehow hide it and make it more mysterious in its definition.
Layouts, Pencils, and Inks of Pages 15, 16, and 17 of B.P.R.D.: 1948 Issue #1:
For Page 15, I had to design a variation of the establishing shot of the iconic B.P.R.D. HQ in Connecticut. The trick here was that I needed to show those gates out front, and I needed to show more of the ground level of the building never seen before, which wasn’t an easy task.
On the Hellboy Design:
I’ve had the pleasure of drawing Hellboy in my recent one-shot The Transformation of J.H. O’Donnell, which featured the adult version of Hellboy. Now, in 1948, I am playing with him at the age of 4, but as Hellboy grows fast, his design needed to look as a 12-year-old HB, even older than Gabriel Ba’s version in 1947. It was a lot of fun to work on those designs! I was a little intimidated at first, but Mike [Mignola] and all the B.P.R.D. crew gave me their blessing! I’m having a lot of fun with this book; hope fans dig it as well.
B.P.R.D.: 1948 Issue #5 is written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with artwork by Max Fiumara, colors by Dave Stewart, and cover by Dave Johnson. Click here to pre-order your copy from TFAW.
Paranoia plagues members of the team as one scientist begins to suspect Bureau members are being replaced by beings from another universe.
Our thanks to Max for sharing his craft with us and to Dark Horse Comics for arranging this artist spotlight feature.
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