Give Tintin the fables treat­ment

Nimit Malavia com­bines tra­di­tional and dig­i­tal media as he de­vel­ops an en­gag­ing Tintin cover, paint­ing the fa­mil­iar while find­ing his own voice

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Nimit Malavia com­bines trad and dig­i­tal media.

De­vel­op­ing art­work for a cover is rarely sim­ple. You must main­tain the fun­da­men­tals of a stand­alone im­age, such as a strong com­po­si­tion with an in­ter­est­ing pal­ette. But the cover also has to en­gage the reader so that it’s not only ap­peal­ing to look at, but also brings them into the story. Hav­ing seen some of my cov­ers for Ver­tigo’s Fables se­ries, the ImagineFX team sug­gested we take a swing at another es­tab­lished char­ac­ter: Tintin. Work­ing on famed prop­er­ties such as this is ex­cit­ing, but it brings a chal­lenge of in­ter­pret­ing the fig­ure in a way that en­ables me to paint an im­age that sat­is­fies my cre­ative needs, while also re­main­ing true to the char­ac­ter’s orig­i­nal spirit.

This work­shop will fo­cus on show­ing the choices I make in con­cep­tu­al­is­ing the piece. It will give you a full process break­down of the tech­ni­cal as­pects of cre­at­ing this im­age: touch­ing on the dif­fer­ent stages of roughs and ap­proval; work­ing up the im­age with tra­di­tional media; build­ing the colours and val­ues us­ing an ex­ces­sive amount of lay­ers in Pho­to­shop; ti­tle de­sign; plus some per­sonal tech­niques I use to re-in­ject some mys­tery into the fi­nal art.

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