- Cover Concept (link): The first post covers the goal & concept art
- Cover Art (you are here): This second post chronicles the interactions with master fantasy artist Ken Kelly (from rough sketches to final painting) to yield the key illustration
- Cover Design (link) : the last covers the actual design (title placing, masking of the illustration, and overlaid fire)
Feedback to First Rough:The goal was to reapply the composition of Ken Kelly's "Rogues" (that graced the cover of Robert Adam's first Horseclan's novel). The preceding post (add link) discusses the color selections and design choices.
With this information Ken Kelly set to making some Rough Sketches. The first featured just Helen, who appeared too zombie-like and her long-nails were accentuated enough but needed to be turned over (to look like she was controlling the fire). This opportunity allowed me to reinforce that Helen was the living character...and the warrior was the undead one.
Feedback to Second Rough:
Canvas and Oil Work:At this point, Ken Kelly began work on a real canvas with his oil paints. I received digital photos periodically:
As the piece approached its end, I had concerns about the bubbles and requested Helen's eye-tattoo to be red, which were easily changed. Ken Kelly originally titled this "Magic Soldier" but changed it to "Spawn of Dyscrasia" to match the forthcoming book.
|Spawn of Dyscrasia - (c) Ken Kelly 2013|