I created a Jack Kirby portrait for a show recently, and went through a lengthy process deciding which look to go for. After lots of messing around and trying different effects, backgrounds, I ended up with a much simpler version, a straight homage to Shepard Fairey's iconic Obama "HOPE" poster.
The final version was printed as a limited edition poster. I made Kirby a little younger and gave him a wry smile, it seemed fitting given the recent Marvel/Disney/Kirby Estate court ruling.I still have a soft spot for that first one with the gold effect though..... here they are in order.
If you want to know more about Jack Kirby, the man behind the Avengers, the X-Men, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer and Paranex the Fighting Fetus, visit the Jack Kirby Museum website.