Here’s a job I did a month or two back that is now on the stands so I can show some of the process and the end result. I used my new “colored line” technique, which is really growing on me, and also seems to be a hit with clients.
The job: Cover illustration with a “survivor” theme showing how library budgets are getting squeezed and cut, but the libraries are “surviving”. They wanted a mixture of calm definace and some anxiety on behalf of the librarians, with sharks (aka budget cutters) eating away at their resources.
Here are three initail rough sketches. They really are the same concept but at three different angles:
“Normal” horizon line
Upward looking angle…
Bird’s eye view
The original idea was to have the island actually be made of money, and the sharks are eating it away. It was decided that was not necessary to convey the message, so the island got changed to a sand one, with the sharks chomping on random bills.
The client liked the downward angle. No scan of the final pencils, but here are the final inks:
Inked in black as always. The color is added to the lines via the line selection trick I outlined some time back, and then simply painted over in different colors. I start out with a basic red/brown color, and then paint over them as needed.
Here is the image at a partial colored stage. You can see the color I use for the linework, which I change as I go:
And here is the final art:
Here are a few close ups to show the colored lines as they relate to the areas they define:
There is a softness/ textural quality to this technique that makes it more versitile than the traditional black line/color look of my work in MAD, for example. It’s still “me” but just in a different light. The technique needs refining but it’s got promise.
753 My cover art for the next issue of MAD, exclusive sneak peek from @entertainmentweekly website
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