Sunday, May 03, 2009

A Bit of Process

Here's a cover I did a couple of years ago. The magazine provided the blank cover format so I was able to digitally sketch into it on a Cintiq tablet. For the final illustration I pulled back in the composition so the characters were not overlapping the logo, something the magazine didn't tend to do though they were agreeable about letting Sam & Max cross into the white logo area. Also, I thought showing some of the white floor in the final helped balance that white logo field at the top.

The painting took on a style of it's own as I worked on it, an extra choppy, scumbly effect which I observed happening as I was doing it and didn't try to fight. I sort of liked it at the time though I think I prefer the tighter composition in the sketch.

Acrylic 11 X 14



Lois2037 said...

GHAAA! I have such Cintiq envy! It's really interesting how the piece went from rough development to finished cover. It wouldn't have worked so well if they had not let you extend into the white area at the top. I like the tighter composition as well, but pulling back lets us see all those disturbing food items they keep in the morgue.

Jonathan said...

Hey Steve, I don't know if you checked the Max Tattoo post, but I've decided to fill in the rest of my design for my full sleeve. Thanks for the inspiration over the years artistically!

Vujovic said...

It's cool to see the journey from the sketch to the finished thing, and even cooler to read your thoughts retrospectively. That's cool.

Zack said...

Makes me drool

gilau said...

yey, very inspairing. :D

Anonymous said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool..