|"The World is Yours" Colored Pencil|
I'm not exactly sure what the story is about but Tye gave me a description of how he wanted the cover to look. I don't have much experience with book illustration so my strategy was to have everything worked out before I started on the final drawing. I gathered lots of reference material and made several line and color studies. By spending the majority of time on preliminary work I was able to complete the illustration very quickly. To finish up, I scanned the piece, cropped and resized it, and added some text.
I tried to evoke some mystery through the colors and shadowing using my natural drawing style. It's a little bit simplistic and abstract and probably not as dramatic and modern as what you will see on the market but Tye seemed pleased. He has the story written and now he has an image to go with it. I'm very curious to find out what happens next. I know he has explored some of the different avenues for getting it published so hopefully things will happen for him. It was good to try something different and I'm glad I did it.
|Preliminary value and color studies|