Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pedal To The Metal

JAMES - James Flames Bold Life cover #12!
So, as usual, there wasn't much time, and at the last moment the cover story changed. The publishers settled on a story about a local British Car Club to be the theme of the cover image. Did alot of research on classic British cars, and then did alot of sketching, in which i came up with these two ideas.

They couldn't decide between the two, so they left it up to me, which was kinda cool. i chose the second one for two reasons: 1) it'd be a little easier since there were less 'special fx', and 2) after some talks with tom about lots of stuff, i felt compelled to do a good ole' brush/ink/photoshop jobbie.

everything came together really naturally and it was alot of fun to play with the hatchings to create motion and heavy light. i did the drawing at actual size, 11" x 12.75", with a 4B pencil on bristol, then #2 brush and finally a pen nib for most of the hatching.

a bunch of photoshop hours later, i got this. big thanks to Mary, one of the publishers, for suggesting the font we used for "The British Invasion" words, which really brought it home. the issue printed so well - in fact, so exceptional, that the red logo and blue background are noticible from a block away, no joke! haha. kinda cool how after a year of covers, i kinda brought it full circle with the first one i did.
next month is the magazine's 5th anniversary issue - gotta figure out how we're tackling that one.


Steo mermaid said...

Damn james! This looks great! I'm glad you picked this one because the scale and composition is what makes it! The brush stroke is so fine! Keep it coming! Oh heard you were planning to visit nyc. Do I hear rub on tattoos and park sketching with T while I read magazines on womens health?

Anonymous said...

The line texture is amazing...

james flames said...

thanks y'all.
yep, steph, i'm driving up at the very end of the month - you bring the tatoos, i'll bring the women's magazines.....or the other way around.....and tom pays for dinner! hahaha.
i'm looking forward to it.

thomas pitilli said...

Hey, why do I always have to pay!
Yeah this one totally comes full circle with the roller skate one from last year.(by the way, is it me, or does it feel like you've been doing these for a lot more than a year?) It's got that nice comic book inspiration behind it, which I think works really well with these covers so far. I agree with Edwin on the lines, nice use of hatching, the black and white version is really strong. The color makes it really pop too. I could see this causing a little too much excitement for the local Henersonvillers!

james flames said...

hahaha - TRUE!

H. Stewart said...

Hahaha right on Hendersonville's got a speed limit--heed it.

I like the modern driving goggles. He looks like Dr. Octopus.