Chad Michael Murray approached me about accompanying a new poem of his with an illustration. At the time I was between working on issue 7 and issue 8 of the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover and had little free time so my first instinct was to respectfully and apologetically decline. But then I read the poem...
The poem was brilliant. I enjoyed how Chad had deconstructed a common theme and made me feel a part of it; as if I were both the murderer and the martyr.
The crow was clearly the visual link between the 2 protagonist so it was definitely Chad's choice subject for the illustration. I completely agreed and was so inspired I couldn't turn down the work and I started in immediately.
I added the subtle reflection of the sniper rifle site in the eye of the crow later, thinking it would better represent the subject matter and when all was done we had two happy artists and I think a collaboration to be proud of.
You can read the poem here:http://www.thechadmichaelmurray.com/a-murder-and-a-martyr
for whatever reason the first 46 minutes of photos were not recorded so we're starting the process photos about 20% of the way in...
the finer splatter was done with a tooth brush covered in ink and agitated with my thumb so that it projects a dense mist.
A rifle scope created in photoshop and subtly added to the eye at an apoproximate 50% transparency...
Then the inks are airbrushed with white highlights and streaks to give the appearance of movement.