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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 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional
I thought you did a great job on this series!
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Thanks Bill, It was fun
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FredDavis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
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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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
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 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful colors
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barksodaverne Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
I love how you work on Romita's style! both of you really are a dynamic duo!
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
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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JohnRauch Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Gorgeous work. I can't imagine a better approach, truthfully.
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DeanWhite Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Thanks EraserX, I always feel like I am going by the seat of my pants on this stuff. Sometimes it works sometimes not

Best
Dean
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thatron Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great job with the grass.
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