Found this image on Tumblr, by the talented Maariaamph, and thought it was worth sharing because it applies to writers as well!
Had some free time on my hands again this weekend, so I sketched out a Rebel Against Heaven image I’ve had stuck in my head. It’s still a bit rough around the edges but I had fun with the colours. The cityscape used comes from this blogger.
I’m pleased with how it came out, though I wish I could’ve figured out a way to make the mark on his neck (a noose) more visible. I might come back to this once I work that out.
And now, I’m off to do Father’s Day things!
Spent a sunny Saturday doing some digital illustration.
Comments and Blethering: I’ve been trying to work out a simplified version of Tyler’s Northern Mockingbird wing design (a more detailed rough is on the art page), think I might have cracked it here. This started out with the intention to show his balled-up fists, then meandered into trying some Andrew Loomis-style anatomy skeletons because I’ve been reading through his reference books, before turning into basically a big picture of wings and smugface Ty. Materials used: My beat-up old Wacom tablet, Alias Sketchbook Pro with the medium ink brush.
And of course, in my typical style, this has all been a complex way of procrastinating from editing this gentleman’s story. So I suppose I should get back to that.
Just look at that cover by one of my favorite artists, Jason Chan. It’s beautiful. Such a variety of awesome looking characters.
Loved the Blackbird cover, and love this one as well. Both remind me pleasantly of Death from The Sandman. I still need to read these.
Beautiful, Russian-inspired cover art.
Deceptively simple, but instantly recognisable. Click the link above to read a review.
An all-round wonderful sci-fi YA cover.
There’s something wonderfully tense and dramatic about this scene. I adore the colour of the sky as well, and the slight “Hush, Hush” style to the poses.
Super-cute, love the restricted colour scheme and how neatly they worked in such a long title.
This is the story of a boy with an abnormal face. What a tricky book to think up a cover for, but this simple image really blows the concept out of the water.
This is a brilliantly illustration – it captures the title perfectly.
To finish things off, another Jason Chan – and this time it’s the story of Widdershins, a young thief. This is another cover which uses a restricted set of colours to beautiful effect, as well as negative space. I really like how confident and intelligent the young thief looks.
A few runner-ups that didn’t make the cut:
“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. The cover sums up the story perfectly: Cinderella, with cyborgs.
“A Million Suns” by Beth Revis. “Across the Universe” had a fantastic cover, and it’s sequel is just as artistically well-off. This spells out the sci-fi and romance clearly, and the covers fit well with the previous book’s cover.
Got some news today that rocked the boat much more than I wanted it to, and now I feel very metaphorically seasick.
As a result, blog posts may drop for the next few months, but right now I’m distracting myself by sketching. And by ‘sketching’ I mean ‘auto-piloting to the same head tilted 3/4’ that I tend to draw when I’m not sure what to draw. I spiced it up with inverted lighting, limited colours and BLOOD. So despite the laziness, this was fun.
And now back to drinking tea and writing, I think.
Oh, and here’s a song to lighten the mood.
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Three new “The Network” character sketches have been added to the gallery…
A quick explanation on what they’re about…
- The topless guy is Alex, the young programmer who created the virtual reality game The Network. He has a long list of mental issues including anorexia, which leads him to covering areas like his chest and stomach in bandages to create a slimmer outline when wearing clothes. He’s also severely depressed, and when he’s not taking suicidal risks he’s flipping between self-hatred and a vicious rage. Great guy to have in charge of the world’s biggest MMORPG, right?
- The one with two characters in it shows DT, the Network’s youngest moderator in her cat-girl avatar, and hacker Muvo in his modified demon avatar. These two have a rough start in the first book, but with the game’s owner acting a bit crazy, a moderator could use a hacker as a safety net, and a hacker can always use someone on the inside.
- Then there’s DT on her own, looking a bit annoyed. She’s a weapons-master character, which means she can come up with any kind of weapon to suit her tactics, but she’s weaker with each weapon than a specialist would be and has poor strength and defense. The dark swirly business means she’s about to yank a weapon out of mid-air, and that messy scribble in her left hand is a cable for connecting into the game’s admin control panel and accessing her various order-keeping tools (like a big hammer).
Easter went by fast. Now I’ve gt dinner to make, and the clocks are ticking down to work in the morning. Have a good night!