It’s been a long time since I last did one of these. This one’s for Lindsay Smith’s short story Kingmaker, art direction by the ever amazing Irene Gallo. You can check out the whole process in gif form over here.
Michael Jarrott of Adobe and I have been working on a set of illustrations for the last 6-7 weeks or so. Not only were these incredibly fun to work on, but Michael is also a joy to collaborate with. This huge opportunity quickly turned into a dream job. Even better, he asked me to publish them right away. Rarely do I get the chance to share something so freshly finished. This gives me the chance to share some of the process.
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.