Step-by-step: Cre­at­ing a cover that stands out on book­shelves

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1 Brain­storm­ing mul­ti­ple Com­po­si­tion op­tions

I start off with very rough sketches to ex­plore dif­fer­ent com­po­si­tions. After sev­eral it­er­a­tions, I nar­row it down to my favourite three and bring them into Pho­to­shop to add value and flesh out the gen­eral tone of the sketches. I’ll send them off to Ali­son (the book’s art di­rec­tor) where she’ll ap­prove the one that she finds most com­pelling.

2 From re­fined Lines to Paint Strokes

After Ali­son ap­proves one of the sketches, I re­fine it into a line draw­ing where I scan, en­large and print it onto wa­ter­colour paper. Once it’s printed, I’ll re­trace the draw­ing with Pris­ma­color Verithins to pre­pare it for the paint­ing phase. En­larg­ing and then print­ing the draw­ing will of­ten blur it, so this helps re­de­fine its lines.

3 cre­ate val­ues and build up form

I block in large ar­eas with flat acrylic washes, then cre­ate value by over­lay­ing glazes on top of glazes. Af­ter­wards, I use Pris­ma­color Verithins to push ar­eas of dark value and clean up edges. Acrylics and coloured pen­cils com­ple­ment each other well if ap­plied gen­tly. By switch­ing be­tween the two me­dia, I es­tab­lish form in the scene.

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