How I cre­ate… A strong cover im­age

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Ev­ery­thing in its right place

Af­ter sub­mit­ting a few rough Pho­to­shop sketches, one is cho­sen. At this stage, a highly pol­ished sketch isn’t nec­es­sary as very lit­tle will end up in the fi­nal art. This is pri­mar­ily about over­all com­po­si­tional place­ment of cover el­e­ments.

Set the stage with colour

Next up is the colour study, to en­sure the val­ues and colour scheme work to­gether as a whole. Paint­ing at a small size forces me to look at the big pic­ture and not get caught up in any de­tail – how­ever tempt­ing that might be.

Add those vi­tal fin­ish­ing touches

This stage is mainly about de­tail, struc­ture and ad­just­ment. I use vec­tor masks to es­tab­lish clean shapes to paint within. And within those I ap­ply sub­tle noise to in­ter­est and en­gage the eye, and to en­sure the art doesn’t look flat.

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