Hey all! Thought I’d walk you through my process for the Ship Wrecked vol.1 cover that was released a few days ago.
- Know your subject and brainstorm ideas!
First thing I wanted to do was read through all of the Ship Wrecked webcomic and get a feel for the material. I had read a bit, but shamefully, not all of it! I sketched out a few ideas as I read and then set aside an evening to work out cover options. These are my notes, click the images for higher res 🙂
I felt really strongly about #1 being the most eye catching and exciting one and thankfully Aaron felt the same! 🙂
2. Just draw it!
I never scan my pencils so this in an in-between shot. I really wanted to add a bunch of easter eggs from the volume 1 run so I scoured the webcomic pages and picked out a few!
4. Photoshop magic!
Adjusted the levels to make it darker and fixed the curves of the ship which I inked a bit wobbly. Then I wanted to clear off the bottom of the page to make way for the speed lines so I rearranged a few things (ah, the magic of Photoshop!). Added some stars and drew in the speed lines on my Intuos.
5. Colors by Dearbhla Kelly to make it all better!by