Although he's no longer drawing the book's interiors, Paolo Rivera has remained hard at work creating routinely impressive covers for Marvel Comics' award-winning series Daredevil. Possessed with an unusually strong command of layout and a mastery of multiple styles, Rivera's work is a favorite of not just other artists but also to fans of design and illustration. The artist caters to both on his blog, which is frequently updated with fascinating process pieces that include his own reference photographs and helpful discussions of technique.

In his latest update, Rivera created a time-lapsed video that condenses an almost five-hour drawing session into just eleven minutes, and you can check it out below.The process behind Daredevil #22's cover spans a couple of blog posts filled with fascinating images and details that we encourage you to check out. The basics:

The cover sketch...

... is approved by the editor and then proceeds to the computer, where Rivera fleshes it out into a proper cover blueprint. This stage involves photo reference and a digital template Rivera designed to help with perspective. The goal here is to nail down as much as the cover as possible. According to Rivera it took nearly six hours to complete (the video only compresses three hours).



This work, created with the Cintiq, is eventually printed out and redrawn by Rivera in tight, blue-line pencils and then inked by Rivera's father Joe. Rivera then colors the cover in Photoshop.

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If you like this sort of thing you can find loads of it on Paolo Rivera's blog, where you may also purchase his lovely Face Paint book, compiling 100 fantastic paintings of various comic book superheroes and other figures.

In related Rivera news, his and Mark Waid and Marcos Martin's Daredevil Volume 1 was just named by the Young Adult Library Services Association as one of 2013's top ten graphic novels for teens.