6/21/13

Fireborn

Here is the cover to FIREBORN, the sequel to DRAGONBORN. I finished this one almost exactly one year ago, and the book still won't be on the shelves until December! Book publishers sure do plan ahead.

While I provided several different sketches, the art director liked the idea of basically mirroring the Dragonborn cover thematically and compositionally. There are four books in the series, so I was a little concerned about how I would handle the next two should I be asked to do them- I can't keep flopping the characters back and forth- but this is what we went with, so I'll have to figure it out eventually. Maybe the next one will be a straight-on shot of the main character, and the last could be a group shot. I don't know, but I would like the covers to work together somehow.

You'd think with all of that lead time we'd have a plan...

My original color sketch for this one was a bit moodier with darker shadows and the like, but the publisher wanted to keep it a bit brighter and more colorful, and asked me to avoid too much black. When I look at this now, it's a bit too "Photoshoppy" for me, but I feel that way about most of my digital colors. I still haven't found the "less is more" filter.

4 comments:

Roc Upchurch said...

gorgeous, Josh.

R2D2 said...
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R2D2 said...



Hi Mr Josh,

Your style seems to vary a lot between projects. It looks like you've gotten to the point where you can switch between styles (and it still looks ok).

What is it that you do to get to that point (anatomy studies/practice on facial and skull construction/others)?

dusty abell said...

Hildelbrandt color palette in full effect! Nicely done...........