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Since I was a kid, one of my all-time favorite Marvel Comics characters has been Iron Fist. I discovered him during the Power Man & Iron Fist series and quickly devoured every comic I could find with him. The highlight of my collection is still the run of Iron Fist appearances in the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu magazine (by the amazing Rudy Nebres).
So, when I picked up a Defenders #1 blank sketch cover and saw that Iron Fist was one of the heroes in the book, I KNEW I had to do something with him. What you see above is my rough pencils for the cover. I go from this stage directly into ink (with my trusty Windsor-Newton Series 7 #4 brush), figuring out all of the shading, black placement and rendering as I work. Although, in this case, now that I see a smaller scan of the piece, I may still go in and add a couple of more heads of Iron Fist’s history. It looks like I’ve got room. Hmmm…who to add? The Wrecking Crew? Captain America? I’ll post the finished piece in the next couple of days so you can see who I finally decided to add!
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius