Mak­ing the cover

Computer Arts - - Cover Artist -

Step­ping into a cover il­lus­tra­tion with Kyle is like be­ing taken into a sorcerer’s cave: ex­otic, thrilling and al­most com­pletely mys­ti­fy­ing. All you can be sure of is that you’ll step out with some real magic.

Our ini­tial cover pitch – a Ter­mi­na­tor 2-like flow of liq­uid metal – was po­litely bat­ted away by Kyle, who wanted to de­vise some­thing “less dated”. Sure enough, over the fol­low­ing days he ex­per­i­mented with and honed a scat­tered pixel frenzy that was all but ready to print... un­til a flash of in­spi­ra­tion struck.

“I want to re­ally push the ART of the re­brand an­gle,” he ex­plained, be­fore email­ing through pho­tos of mys­te­ri­ous erup­tions so beau­ti­ful and strange that they made us re­think the cover from scratch.

We begged an ex­tra 24 hours from our print­ers to give Kyle time to magically in­ter­weave type and pho­tog­ra­phy, and af­ter pulling an all-nighter, Kyle de­liv­ered one of our most strik­ing cover il­lus­tra­tions. Check out Show­case next is­sue to see some more magic Kyle’s been cook­ing up lately...

Top left: The ‘scat­ter­ing’ tech­nique felt right con­cep­tu­ally, and the be­spoke ty­pog­ra­phy Kyle made for us was ace. But there was a risk that the foil we had pen­cilled in for this cover would boss the fine de­tail about too much.

Top right and above: The art de­part­ment has sworn not to re­veal the ex­act de­tails of how Kyle con­jured up the fi­nal cover art... th­ese two images give some clues, how­ever.

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