Comic book style magazine ad illustration

"Holy diamond ring Batman!"  Recently a client asked if I could create an ad for Eric Olson Jewelers in a mock-comic book style.  After receiving the client's layout, I clicked about for a short while to find a good face for reference and took that mock-up straight to a finished pencil sketch.  The black line was digitally inked in Adobe Illustrator and then imported into Photoshop where color and a series of effects were applied.  To get that retro printed feel, I scanned-in a textured paper background, and added some layers of speckles and noise.  Also thanks to Mr. Retro's Permanent Press filter, I created a layer of ben day dots to finish the comic book effect.