Step-by-step: As­sem­ble a group of lov­able char­ac­ters

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth | Limited Colour -

1 Speedy ap­proval

Due to the need for a speedy pub­lish­ing turn­around, this cover had to come to­gether quickly. For­tu­nately, my ini­tial sug­ges­tion to the pub­lisher (which was to fea­ture a hand­ful of the char­ac­ters gath­ered around the Wiseman while he read a story) was ac­cepted. I quickly scrib­ble out the idea and send it in to Hen­son for ap­proval.

2 Sep­a­rate char­ac­ters

I usu­ally draw and paint tra­di­tion­ally; how­ever, the one un­usual way I build the cover is to draw each fig­ure separately. Work­ing this way of­fers me flex­i­bil­ity and en­ables me to make ed­its quickly. For ex­am­ple, the cover orig­i­nally fea­tured a bounc­ing head of a Firey, which was cut to ac­com­mo­date the ti­tle and text.

3 Per­fect­ing the com­po­si­tion

Next, I bring the el­e­ments into Pho­to­shop and as­sem­ble the fi­nal cover. All of the char­ac­ter draw­ings are done tra­di­tion­ally, how­ever the colour is painted dig­i­tally. I han­dle all back­ground el­e­ments sky, trees and plants in wa­ter­colour. By plac­ing the trees on lay­ers be­neath the char­ac­ters and mov­ing them around, I find my com­po­si­tion.

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