Hello all, it's been a while since I posted anything new, so here's a book cover for a kid's fantasy novel I just finished. It's oil over acrylic on illustration board, about 11"x16".
After reading the manuscript and focusing in on a particular scene, I started out with these quick pencil thumbnails, showing the client several variations. They chose the second one.
I laid some quick color over the rough sketch in Photoshop to get a clear idea of where I was headed, then gathered/shot reference (lots and lots of reference) and did my final drawing on Strathmore hot press illustration board. The underpainting was developed with washes of raw umber, burnt umber, raw sienna, and burnt sienna acrylic, then sealed with several coats of acrylic matte medium to thoroughly protect the board from the oil paint. I completed the painting on oils, working from background to foreground.