WonderCon 2012: Jim Lee's First Jump

Throughout the weekend, superstar artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee has been sharing (via Twitter) a Batman sketch he's doing for a friend. Step by step, he's taken the sketch from the barest pencils to the finished product he'll present to his pal, and we decided that it would be a cool thing to share with our readers. Jim Lee calls the piece "first jump," hence the headline. Check out the process below. The captions represent Lee's tweets during the process of creating the image. At the bottom of the story you can find a link to Lee's Twitter page, where he has a few other WonderCon sketches posted and regularly teases pieces like this. [caption id="attachment_14021" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Starting on a sketch for a pal while waiting for breakfast to arrive...I call this "First Jump.""]

[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14022" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Basic shapes of Batman outlined and inked. Torso was way too short so pulled that out."]

[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14023" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Spotted the blacks but got to get ready for my interview with @joeyesposito and Dan Didio at WonderCon."]

[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14024" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Tightened up Batmans face. Trapping happy accidents, creating edges on the smudges of ink. Popping in whiteout."]

[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14025" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Have to extend this process to rest of figure and add background later. Off to #WonderCon!"]

[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14225" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Finished Batman sketch for my good buddy Joe Le who picked us up at the @Amtrak_CA station for Wondercon! Lights out"]

[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14226" align="aligncenter" width="234" caption="Oy--that camera shot was blurry--here's a real scan of Batman--First Jump :) now I'm crashing for real..."]

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[/caption] Fans can also follow him on Twitter to see all kinds of cool stuff unfold in real time.