This is how final front/back cover (pictured, click to see full-size) to Beta Testing the Apocalypse came to be (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 of this series). It was one of the most complicated drawings I’d drawn. It was done! Or was it… ? More soon!
So, I’m continuing the cover process for the Beta Testing the Apocalypse cover. Previous parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. In the last post, I was showing the evolution of the color. This time I’m focusing on the type design. This was the first iteration. I wanted to typographically mirror the ‘beta testing’ concept by having some
The next task was color. I started out by blocking out areas that were closer to the viewer… more in focus. I ended up subdividing the line art into three ‘layers’ apparent below. Initially I wanted a limited 2-3 color palette… but it quickly became obvious that the detail demanded something else… I eventually
If you’re just joining us, check out parts 1, 2, 3. It took me a while to work up the nerve to ink this thing. Normally I would’ve inked most of the building with rules & rapidographs. But I decided against it… Since everything was so rigidly planned out, I wanted to have a more organic line