Marc Remus

  Children's Book Author

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How does a cover illustration develop?

MAGORA - THE UPRISING (Volume 4 of 6)

Here you will see how the fourth Magora book cover developed.

It contains a white fort that is housed in the Museum of Time Travel, a giant underground hall that Holly, Brian, Rufus and Amanda visit.

Sketching stage:

Different layout options are being explored. This is just a rough pencil sketch that is being refined with each step, until it becomes a detailed drawing.

Drawing stage:

When the sketch is completed, a sheet of velum is placed on top of it. Then the lines are being traced onto the velum and the drawing is refined.

The fort in the background gets its details and the children are being drawn out carefully. The entire drawing is on a sheet of velum at this point.

Transfer stage:

Every line on the piece of velum is being transfered with graphite onto an illustration board.

To enforce the strength of the lines and to avoid smudging, all the lines on the illustrations board are being redrawn with a black prismacolor.

Once the lines have been completed, the drawing is ready for painting.

Color blocking stage:

Now the drawing is ready to get some paint. Starting with the basic colors, I am blocking in big areas with acrylic paint. I prefer using Lascaux Acrylics as they high amount of pigment and cover areas really well.

Rendering stage:

The painting is being rendered using traditional painting techniques such as blending, atmospheric perspective, and glazing.

Completed painting:

Digital stage:

The completed painting is scanned. Then I start zooming in on specific details and rework them in Photoshop. Highlights and reflections are being added with a digital airbrush. At the very end logo is being added. And voilá, the cover is done!

And here you can get the final book!

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