Friday, April 13, 2012
cCover art concepts for 'To Die For'
I just started working on some cover art for Random House Australia. The story is ‘to die for’ by Mark Svendsen. The story is about a 14 year old boy who has taken is fathers boat to go camping and fishing on a small island. But before he can reach the island he grounds himself on a reef. A four meter tiger shark finds the boy and boat, hence the imagery for in these sketches.
What I have attached is four concept sketches for the cover and an image from an older story, ‘The Rime of the Owl and the Pussycat’. I have included this image as it was one that Random House staff commented on when I was showing them my folio. I have done a lot of images that show water and boats. I think this image was one of the reason why I have this cover commission. Just thought some people might like to see the image behind the sketches and the commission.
The attached cover sketches are done in wash and watercolour, I’m planning to either use ink or scrapper board to create the line work for the final image. I will most likely add colour in Photoshop. This should allow me to get a smooth solid block fill of colour. Which will give a strong graphic look to the cover design.
I will post the next set of images, as the design process continues. But don’t worry you shouldn’t have to wait long as the deadline for sketches is the 16th, colour art on the 26th and final art on May 1st. So check back soon.