cover art that hints at the story

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1 The thumb­nail stage

The team picks one of my thumb­nail ideas, and we add the ten­ta­cle in the tree to al­lude to the story. The scene looks beau­ti­ful and pow­er­ful, but there’s also a sense of dan­ger. I also add some colour ideas for our colourist, Ro­mulo Far­jardo Jr.

2 Dig­i­tal pen­cils

I use Pho­to­shop to do the pen­cilling, us­ing Ray Fren­den’s Blue Pen­cil brush (you can buy it at http://ifxm.ag/ray-pen­cil). I pre­fer to work up all the el­e­ments in the scene dur­ing this stage, be­cause it makes the fol­low­ing ink­ing stage a lot eas­ier.

3 Ink­ing the im­age

Once the pen­cils are done, I print the im­age di­rectly on to Bristol pa­per and fin­ish it with ink and tra­di­tional brushes, trans­form­ing those rough lines into fine lines and tex­tures. I want ev­ery­thing to be ready so Ro­mulo can start his colour­ing.

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