I seldom start my illustrations with a solidified color scheme. It’s one of those aspects that still takes me a while to figure out. Color is no longer one of my weaknesses, but it doesn’t come to me as naturally as it does other artists. In the case of Kendare Blake’s When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami, now up on Tor.com, it was pretty solid from the start. The story is fascinating. The author does a phenomenal job of evoking a visual through settings and character designs. It was hard to miss the direction the colors had to go. This was one of those rare occasions where the color scheme was present in as early as thumbnails.
You can check out the process gif in my tumblr.
I love working with BOOM! Studios! These folks are making some amazing books and it’s a joy to be a part of it all. This year, we’ve been working on Robocop. I just received the first few issues and the books are amazing. Being the cover artist, I don’t really get to see the rest of the book until it’s completely finalized. But Alex Galer and Ian Brill make this whole book come together like nobody’s business. It’s a joy to see how the work of Carlos Magno, Marissa Louise, and my own communicate.
This is the process for Issue #2 Cover. I’ve also turned it into a gif you can check out in my tumblr.
It’s been a while since I last did a process post. This one’s long overdue.
I chose my contribution to SCAD-Atlanta Illustration’s Playing Card Deck, The Queen of Hearts, because it was as simple as one of my processes can be. It has few, very well-planned layers that go a long way.