This is a commission I recently did of Josie Schuller from the Dark Horse comic “Lady Killer”. The actual subject matter of the comic is very violent, focusing on Josie’s life as a contract killer in the 1960’s. She’s shown here pegging her husband, Gene, and their twin daughters are just happening to catch an eye-full from the hallway.
This was a fun one to do. I usually try and mix the style of whatever I’m drawing with my own approach, which I think works well in creating a good blend of my own style and the source material. Here, however, I talked with the commissioner and we decided to stick as close to the source material as possible. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, as was the client. I also got to continue experimenting with lighting, and I like how it turned out.
I took very careful care to get the characters as on-model as possible. The characters’ designs, while not generic, are general enough that a shift in style could have made it less clear who they wanted to be. I bought a couple issues of the comic when this commission was first mentioned to me, and did my best to recreate their look here. I was afraid that, if I messed it up, it could look like Dr. Mrs. The Monarch was fucking Roger Radcliffe, and I didn’t want that.