The Book Cover
I have explored many avenues for making this thing. Some of the twists and turns lie festering on Growing Paynes and show a few ideas I explored. One idea actually turned into an illustration for inside the book so all that work was pretty useful!
But here I am – not the final destination because a.) That never ends well and b.) I am sure the next one will be completely different again, so it’s a temporary solution to an ongoing problem.
Working in my sketchbook, I came up with an entirely different idea from what I had first imagined it would be. I wanted to represent the protagonist and her post apocalyptic world. I decided to work in graphite and only use colour for the eyes – the eyes are important as there is a lot of tech involved in the story so I wanted the viewer to be drawn to that – and it looks interesting to me. I really love working in greyscale with just a hint of colour!
I also worked on another drawing for the back. Its a zombie receptionist. I used my son as a model for this drawing and I cannot quite decide if he is more annoyed about the fact I turned him into a zombie or if its because I turned him into a woman.
Next I began to think about the cover design. I wanted to find a font that would work for a book cover – so I did some research on designing a book cover. An internet search brought up a wealth of information. I’ve included a link or two. I used Photoshop Elements to put it all together – I am an absolute novice with that – I had to get a little help – but it made me realise that I would love to make some digital art and this is definitely something I am going to explore.
But, anyway. Here it is. The book cover. I hope it says something about the characters, what they are up against, who they are – I hope it invites Alistair’s readers to want to look inside and see more.
Biblography and inspiration
Anatomy Essentials, Imagine FX/Future Publishing.
Beginners Guide to Sketching: characters, creatures and concepts, 3dtotal Publishing, 2015
Sketching from the Imagination: Sci Fi, 3dtotal Publishing, 2015
Fantasy Underground – How to Draw Zombies, Butkis, M, and Destefano, M, Walter Foster Publishing Inc, 2010
Sci-Fi Essentials, Imagine FX/Future Publishing.
Music I listened to
Doom:VS – Dead Words Speak
Cranes – Wings of Joy and Inescabable
Miss May I – Monument