PfK Cover Illustration: Breakdown

The Backstory: Please see the first PfK cover I did, Rekindling Old Friendships. The Process: For this piece I tried out a slighty distorted wide angle perspective. The main reason was that there were several key aspects that Mur wanted me to include, but I felt that I needed to maintain a sense of distance - especially between Light of Mornings and Keepsie.

Again, I tightened up the pencils before proceeding on to the inking. And, yet again I neglected to scan that step.

After finishing the inks, I scanned them into the computer, cleaned them up and started to apply the colors. This one took longer to color than some of the others since there were a lot of different colors. I first applied the base color. Then I went back and applied shading, gradients, and glow. There was some extra details I worked in digitially with the dead duck and the water. I also applied a color mask to the line art to change the color of it in certain spots (LoM, the water, etc.).

After doing LoM glow, I began to wonder if it was too much. When in doubt contact the person who's vision you are trying to capture. After a quick email exchange, Mur assured me that it was fine. :)


Additional Information: If you would like to see the über-sized version of this piece along with the PfK text and issue title added (J.C. Hutchins did a wonderful job integrating the image with the text, as always), you can download it here. On a side note, I was a bit worried that I didn't leave enough space for the title at the bottom of the image. However, J.C., being the creative genius that he is, made it work out beautifully.

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Technical Details Medium: Mixed Media (misc. black artist pens, PhotoshopCS2) Paper: Bristol Physical Size: 8.5in X 11in Digital Size: 8.5in X 11in @ 300dpi