9/23/09

Sämmtliche Gedichte


Here is a cover I did a while back for Sämmtliche Gedichte, a German-language novel written by Dietmar Dath.

From the beginning, the author knew that he wanted a fairly straightforward shot of the Amelia Earhart-type character, so my thumbnails were basic compositional variations of this image. It was ultimately decided that I go for the most direct version.

When drawing an image like this, where there is one central figure with little movement and few background elements, the smallest details can significantly change the feel of the image. In this case, I recall a debate about how to direct the eyes- originally, I had her looking straight at the viewer, which can be engaging or even intimidating depending on the expression, but we decided it would be more in her character to direct the gaze slightly away from the viewer, creating a little distance.

The image was sketched in pencil, then inked with a brush and pen, and colored in Photoshop and Painter. I established the basic color design during the thumbnail stage, which is always very helpful since it can save a lot of time screwing around with colors in Photoshop when the deadline is creeping up. It is sometimes good to have a plan.*

Thanks for stopping by.

Joshua

*even if you choose to completely ignore it at least half of the time. Sometimes it seems my favorite plan is coming up with a new plan.

13 comments:

Mimi Cortazar said...

Great colos!

Clare said...

She's beautiful. I do love your kick ass female characters. They have so much personality and cool.

Craig Phillips said...

ah she's gorgeous. I love your female characters too. I love how you tend to make them just a little 'Elfen' looking. Such a nice piece!

LuisNCT said...

really beautiful

Axel said...

rhaaaaa ! it's very great, you are better at every illustration !

Amilcar Pinna said...

Awesome!!

Thanks for sharing your process:)


Amilcar

Daniele Vessella said...

wow!!!

Michael Dooney said...

another beauty. I'm curious if you selectively blur or smudge the "inked" line work at all,because it often has a very softened feel that you can't get by just coloring the the black linework.

Jennifer Juniper said...

You're too good at this. :-)

Antonio Santamaria said...

Congratulations Joshua... She is beautiful but I love her look, she seems to look to nowhere... in the waiting...
By another hand, as always your cute line and your wonderful palette of colours are great.
Saludos from Barcelona!

wren said...

I love the radiant pattern around her face - it makes her image very iconic - I seem to be drawn to using radiating patterns in my work as well.

Andy Gouveia said...

Listened to your Sidebar interview a moment ago. Love your previous posts about charting progress from sketch to finish in the Superwoman pieces. You are doing some great images that Mucha would be doing if he was in comics today!

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