My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #21 cover I did for IDW. SPOILER ALERT! The script was about Trixie accidentally losing a diamond, hence the missing diamond in her hoof on the upside-down version of her. So she’s the Ace of Diamonds. Applejack had to be a Jack card. I choose the Jack of Spades so it would be black and thereby different from the red Ace in the foreground. Rarity was originally the Queen of Hearts for obvious reasons, but her hair ended up blocking the card. You can still see it a little bit. Sadly Fluttershy’s is unseen.
I think my favorite part of this is Angel in the upper corner. I love his grumpy face!
Here’s the cover without the logo and credits.
Here’s some process images. This first is an early pencil sketch with a logo dropped in to help lay it out the page correctly. Next is the inked version. The third image is a color version before the shading, highlights and color holds are out down. Note: Babs Seed’s head changed a few times. I was trying to make her look worried, but that really isn’t her character so I couldn’t capture her essence. Once I decided to make her look disinterested, I got it!
UPDATE: Someone sent me a link to a review of issue #21 where the author refered to me as “MLP new boy Bill Forster.” I thought that was fun so I thought I would share. Check out the review here: louderyay.blogspot.com