A few weeks ago, I bought a copy of ULTIMATES #1 out of my comic shop's bargain bin. I already own a copy of it in single issue form as well as in tradepaperback, but I just couldn't pass up having another reading copy around. I still remember what it was like when I read that issue for the first time and being floored by Bryan Hitch's work. Plus, I love the design for the World War II Captain America. I felt like I had to do a tribute piece of some sort.
I decided to make a World War II propaganda poster. I felt that if Cap really was alive at that time, his image would be used to help boost morale to the troops on the frontline as well as the people back home. I drew him looking happy and confident -- proud that he was in the fight. But I also wanted to dirty him up some to convey that the fight was time-consuming it wouldn't be easy.
I looked at some examples of the poster art of the time for design inspiration. I did my best to reflect the simple and graphic nature of the period. Lastly, I mixed in a few textures to give it an aged look.
*(addendum 6/9/10) Edited the texture a bit and gave it more of an aged feel. I like it much better now.
[11"x17"] Col-Erase Pencil -> Micron Pens -> Photoshop (for coloring) -> InDesign (for the lettering) -> Photoshop (for texture and adjustments)