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.