Another concept for a cover assignment from Grey Gecko Press. Author Wayne Basta wanted a Sci-Fi -character driven cover art, and here we go.

The title of the book is Aristeia - Book One - Revolutionary Right, available on Amazon.

From the very rough pencil sketch which is scanned, I added a layer of grey, to lower the contrast. The other sketch shows some lights and some shadows that were added. Photoshop has a nice function, once the bright foreground color and the darker background -colors are set, its easy to switch them with the shortcut:”X”. 

In the further developed version (top) its obvious that I added some layers to add depth and mood. Also contrast adds to the composition, at this stage lighting still is subject to change, but I love to add a hard line of light on one side (left) and a subtle light that shapes the surface texture of the figure without looking too artifical - which is important to outdoor scenes. 

See a colored version in the next post.

Another project I did a while ago was a zombie cover for Jason Kristopher from Grey gecko Press. It was necessary to get into landscape painting and so I decided to start the work a bit differently than the usual pencil Vs. paper. I started to work in a 72dpi sketch directly in Photoshop with a standard textured rectangular brush, which is easy to see. I started to paint shapes of the scene to match the briefing. Later the zombie was added on a separate layer. For landscape, matte and concept art its the best to start out in a small size and change to 150 and later 300 dpi to add detail. 

This is the final version of the vampire- cover illustration. Not too much difference to the previous version - mainly worked out some details and slightly color corrections. Besides the nice illustration work, this commission turned into a bigger graphical assignment, where I´ve got to do the whole typography and layout for the book, besides bookmarks and promotion placards.

This is the final version of the vampire- cover illustration. Not too much difference to the previous version - mainly worked out some details and slightly color corrections. Besides the nice illustration work, this commission turned into a bigger graphical assignment, where I´ve got to do the whole typography and layout for the book, besides bookmarks and promotion placards.