Thursday, November 19, 2009
CHOKER COVER Progressions!
CHOKER IS READY!
So, CHOKER is finally solicited! I'll harp more on it later, as one who's rent depends on it is likely to do but...for now, all you need to know is there's a preview up on CBR and the Diamond order code you NEED TO TELL YOUR RETAILER ABOUT IF YOU WANT THE BOOK ( ahem ) is DEC09 0342.
Tell em that, and the nice people behind the counter will make sure it gets to you this February! And Ben McCool & I will do the happy joy joy dance etc.
Here's a bunch of shots of the first cover, as it took shape...
The rough pencils, already with a bit of a go with the brush pen. ( just forgot to take a picture of the pencils didn't I. ) The idea was for a strongish profile shot, merging in with elements of the seedy city, all detectivy like. Yes, that's not a word, but I'm using it.
Decided on lots of pencil work, shading and what not, apart from basic line work.
I smudged it all on purpose to get some finer shading in.
Added a watercolour wash or two, plus a little acrylic for highlights.
Added some defining white lines with my trusty white pen. ( It's a signo japanese one for those wondering )
The final scan before photoshop work.
A bit of darkening up, some highlighting with airbrush, a hint of my ear ( yes, my ear from a photo ) bits of skin, merging it with airbrush, plus dodge and burn.
Basic colours, plus the blue hue I intended to be the overall colour of the piece.
Added the signage elements I wanted! Mostly generic stuff. I didn't want to pretend I'd be good at designing up too many!
The final! Added some more warm hues to it and tried to make the signage pop a little more.