Tag: Russian Sunset

Admiring the “Sunset”

Yesterday I showed off the planned cover for issue #1 of Russian Sunset by Bart Sears and Mike Atiyeh. Today, it’s the cover for issue #2, by Luke Ross, my artistic partner on Samurai: Heaven and Earth.

After we kicked around the concept, Luke produced the three roughs you see above. We ended up picking the one with more of an iconic/propaganda composition, reflecting Russian proletarian art. Luke rendered the cover in his tonal pencil style, the same style he employs for Samurai: Heaven and Earth. The tonal style is more painstaking and time-consuming than simply penciling to be inked, but I think the results speak for themselves.

Colorist pal Rob Schwager then dropped in the flat red background.

The other planned covers for Russian Sunset were to have been by Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze and Darryl Banks. And at some point, maybe they still will be.



“Russian” Translation

A few years ago, a creator-owned project of mine called Russian Sunset was announced at Desperado Press. It was a five-issue crime/espionage story about an enforcer for the Russian Mob, drawn by a talented Serbian artist named Mirko Colak. Short version, we completed the entire first issue, but the project didn’t come out due to a number of factors that I won’t go into. It just didn’t work out. I’m still friends with Joe Pruett of Desperado, and I’m sure in the future we’ll work together on something (in addition to the foreword I’m writing for the Jim Starlin art book that Joe is publishing). Mirko is presently drawing albums for French publishers, and hopefully we’ll get to collaborate again.

Russian Sunset itself landed at Top Cow, with a different artist attached, but not too long before we were going to begin anew on the series, the artist accepted a DC exclusive. No hard feelings at all, it was the right thing for him to do. But it put the series back into limbo, where it presently resides. At some point, though, I fully intend to get it up and running again. I’m thoroughly enjoying all the work-for-hire gigs I’m doing – Witchblade, Magdalena, Angelus, Velocity, Artifacts and a few other things that are still under wraps. But there’s nothing like working on creator-owned projects. You’ll be seeing a few more of them from me in the future.

In the meantime, here’s the original cover to Russian Sunset #1, pencils and inks by Bart Sears, color by Mike Atiyeh. Come back tomorrow for a look at two versions of the Luke Ross cover to issue #2.


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