Monday, July 7, 2008
Yeah! This little project has achieved some state of completion (on a cottage industry level anyway). The cover was a new challenge. This is the first fully painted illustration that I've done in a long while. I wanted to do something a bit different to the inside and you often see comic covers painted or at least very highly rendered. Its pretty crude but I like it, I think it does a good job of setting up the inside. I read the 'comics patriarch' Infantino's words on the subject of covers where he talks about 'irritating the eye' and using negative space to draw the reader in. I've found this with my own work where some of the throw away crude drawings that I have produced are the persistently popular ones and the examples of finer draughtsmanship go under the radar. Sometimes the little oddities in an illustration are the things that really give the character.