The Birth of a Cover
I thought it would be fun if we did a slight walkthrough of how we got our finished cover for "Holiday Wars."
Originally, the cover was supposed to have Tegan, Taylor, The Bunny and Santa. We started off by giving Michael Odom (the awesome penciler on "Holiday Wars) the concept. He then did a quick thumbnail so we could see the layout.
From there we gave Michael some notes and then he whipped up a penciled version.
When we got the pencils we weren't happy with the cover. It's not anything that Michael did. It just didn't pop the way we thought it would. Then aestically there were no real design elements that drew your eye in.
So we went back to the drawing board (literally) and had Michael draw up a new version of the same concept. Only this time we ditched Taylor.
We thought the overall layout was much better and gave Michael the greenlight to pencil & ink it.
Once we had the finished inks we passed them on to G our colorist. This time around we only had him do "flats."
Flats are just base colors used to separate the artwork. It's the very first step of the coloring process. Once you have flats you then go back and render them to give a sense of shape based on the lighting.
When G was finished with the flats Michael Devito, our publisher, rendered out the final cover. Before he got into publishing his background was mostly coloring so it was nice to be able to tap him for help.
And there we have it: Our finished cover (minus credits & such).
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