I've been thinking about trying my hand at a cover recreation (i.e. reproducing an old comics cover with minute exactitude using traditional tools and methods). Kind of an intimidating prospect for someone as Photoshop-dependent as I am. Last night I copied this central image from a classic Lois Lane cover (viewable here).
It's not within acceptable reproduction parameters, but it looks kinda neat on its own I guess. Doing it was an eye-opener -- this little drawing was mentally and physically exhausting, constant squinting at the cover, constant figuring-out, moving closer and further and away to check your proportions (I eyeballed it). But the process made me see this classic image in a new, hyperdetailed way. It's a good way to get into an artist's head, working out the hands and the kneecaps and stuff, the teeny little things your eyes just glossed over before.