It's easier than actually drawing up a new cover.
Source: Press Release
The new Valiant has been pretty successful, going by (or partially because of) all the variant covers they're putting out. It can be tough thinking of new ideas for variants, but here's something you don't see too much: character design sheets used as covers.
This October, The Valiant Variants for that month's issues of Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Harbinger, and X-O Manowar will all sport the character designs for those title characters, provided by David Aja and Jelen Kevic-Djurdjevic. Those two artists are pretty great, so it makes sense for Valiant to show off their process a little bit.
Here's what our friends at Valiant have to say about it:
VALIANT Reveals DESIGN COVERS By DAVID AJA & JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Valiant is proud to debut October's Character Design Covers by visionary artists David Aja (Hawkeye, Immortal Iron First) and Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Web of Spider-Man)!
Aja redesigned many of the characters for the publisher's "Summer of Valiant" launch, including Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, and Harbinger's own Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada, while Djurdjevic was responsible for the the newly updated X-O Manowar. Now, Valiant is sharing their behind-the-scenes work for the first time in print with an exclusive month of variant covers for all four of its October titles!
"When it came time to update the Valiant Universe's biggest icons, I was lucky enough to get amazing contributions from David Aja and Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic - two talents at the absolute top of their game," said Executive Editor Warren Simons. "The Character Design Covers series is all about offering an insight into our medium and the artistic processes of two world class designers."
The Character Design Covers series are available to retailers on an "order all" basis forArcher & Armstrong #3, Bloodshot #4, Harbinger #5, and X-O Manowar #6. Look for them in finer comic stores everywhere this October and contact your local retailer to reserve your copies today!
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #3 - ON SALE OCTOBER 10th!
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art By CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (AUG121337)
Character Design Cover by DAVID AJA (ORDER ALL) (AUG121338)
BLOODSHOT #4 - ON SALE OCTOBER 10th!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (AUG121339)
Character Design Cover by DAVID AJA (ORDER ALL) (AUG121340)
HARBINGER #5 - ON SALE OCTOBER 17th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (AUG121332)
Character Design Cover by DAVID AJA (ORDER ALL) (AUG121333)
X-O MANOWAR #6 - ON SALE OCTOBER 17th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (AUG121334)
Character Design Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (ORDER ALL) (AUG121335)
Variant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER (AUG121336)