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Black Panther 1 BW to Color by DeanWhite Black Panther 1 BW to Color by DeanWhite
Black Panther #1 cover
Pencils John Romita Jr
Inks Klaus Janson
Color Dean White

So this is the one that started it all. I was working on Punisher Max (did the first 12) and the editor Axel Alonso called and told me he wanted me to work with John and Klaus.

I almost turned it down because man WAS I scared of coloring John, I just felt it was too easy to go wrong on him and mess up his art. I was going back and forth on it and then came across a painting of Hellboy that Mike Mignola did and I instantly felt that that was more of the way to go with John. Focus on the big shapes and then add the painting on top of it.

I ended up doing the cover then the first 6 pages and being rather aggressive with the art, adding in blacks going over the lines. I was all over the map doing it the way I wanted to and had not really seen on John up to that point.

I was ready for them to hate it but if I was going to work with John and Klaus I could not do it without trying to give it my all. If they did not like those pages then I would just bow out and let them find someone more suited to their taste. No fuss no foul. Luckily John and Klaus were happy with it. I did have some nervous moments as I was waiting for their responses to see if they liked it or not.
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:iconbillreinhold:
BillReinhold Jun 1, 2011  Professional
I thought you did a great job on this series!
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:icondeanwhite:
Thanks Bill, It was fun
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:iconfreddavis:
Wow, when shown the before and after you really make it come to life. Not to say John and Klaus' work doesn't speak for it self, but it just becomes a whole other beast after you got your hands on it. Do you mix traditional with digital? I was trying to figure out if and what you painted with a tablet vs real paint/ink, especially in the Amazing Spider-Man: New Ways to DIE. Anyway... good stuff!
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:icondeanwhite:
Hey sorry for the late reply. I have mixed traditional in the past on covers but not on this one and non of the Spiderman ones either. All tho there is one cover that I tried to give it that traditional feel.

Glad you like the stuff. Look for me on Twitter under DeanWhiteColor

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Dean
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timterrenal Aug 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful colors
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:iconbarksodaverne:
I love how you work on Romita's style! both of you really are a dynamic duo!
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:icondeanwhite:
Wow, that is nice of you to say. Have to include Klaus in on the list. This still might be my favorite John cover I have done. Maybe because it was the first.

Dean
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:iconjohnrauch:
Gorgeous work. I can't imagine a better approach, truthfully.
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:icondeanwhite:
Thanks EraserX, I always feel like I am going by the seat of my pants on this stuff. Sometimes it works sometimes not

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Dean
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thatron Apr 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great job with the grass.
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