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.