How I create… A strong cover image
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.