JAMES - i'm just really not that psyched with this month's cover. it's good enough i guess, and i was really into it as i was illustrating it, but when it came time to add the photo, it became kinda lackluster. it was a tough assignment, because it had to be about this 'ghost hunter' guy in Asheville, but instead of me just doing a full-on illustration, the publishers wanted me to incorporate a photo. except the photo wasn't given to me until the last minute, and making an exciting composition within the limitations of the photo was real HARD. not to mention the deadline was quickly approaching.
so i came up with the best idea i could, and quickly got to work. first, clean and detailed pencils with minor watercolor washes. then a layer of matte medium, and then more watercolor around the ghosts with charcoal and some acrylic.
tightened it up with red ink lines and more matte medium, then white paint to spook out the ghosts.
once in photoshop, i did alot of color adjusting to get it where i wanted and added that photo - which was tough to cut out and place in my painting. i slapped the logo on and showed it to the folks at the office. the first reaction was "Cool!", then another couple of reactions were like "Oh, look - sperms!"
well, shit, i guess i didn't notice THAT. so back to photoshop for some emergency color adjusting. i have to say the ghosts look cool to me, but as a cover and as a compostion, i just don't think it's effective or clear. striking, yes. good, no. oh well, next month should be alittle easier, since i already know the cover story (the first time i have it so early) so i'll get started on sketches this week. i have a little redeeming to do.