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SHIMMER - A cover progression

The cover for the John Joseph Adams guest-edited pirate issue of Shimmer Magazine, from concept sketch to finished art.

The initial sketch:

The pencil drawing:

The inked art (and my favorite part of the process):

The color guide (art directed by me, and then colored by my brother Jeremy):

And then from there, the final color art - managed without Jeremy and I pulling our hair out, or stabbing anyone (and which is actually brighter than this copy of the image):


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Sep. 27th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)


Lovely. Just lovely.
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (And thank you for the book! VERY nice photography...)
(no subject) - angela_n_hunt - Sep. 27th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Wow -- it's beautiful!
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
It worked out pretty okay, I think, yeah.

Sep. 27th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Good enough?
(no subject) - maryrobinette - Sep. 27th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - coppervale - Sep. 27th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Lovely! Thanks for posting!

Coloring makes you want to stab someone? I love coloring, but I can kind of relate... :)
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
LOL - no. Discovering in the last week that the calibration of our two primary machines was wonky.

So coloring, good; calibration, stabbystabbystabby
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Love this process stuff; your scribble-to-color is a wild road (god, those inks!!).
I want to post some of my SHOOTING WAR chicken scratch once the book is out; it's ridiculous how you see the whole thing fully-formed in a handful of scribbles, isn't it?
Sep. 27th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah. This one was definitely fun to ink.

A couple of the interior illos gave me a facial tic, though. Grass. Kids. Bubbles. Demon Lobsters...

(no subject) - dangoldman - Sep. 27th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for sharing! I loved looking at the sequence, and dang... the final is really beautiful.
Sep. 27th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
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Sep. 27th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
And beignets.
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Sep. 27th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Breathtaking. I'm getting two!
Sep. 27th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
*Points at Alex*

*Waves to Mary and John*

Sep. 27th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
The coloring looks like it was tricksey business! Nicely done for the underwater look.

Hmmm. I don't think I've ever considered coloring any of my inked work. That always seems to be just black & white in my head, when I'm planning a drawing. If I want to work in color, I tend to turn to the unapologetic brightness of acrylics. How much do you think ahead in planning for the coloring on something like this?

I likesy! :D
Sep. 27th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
From the start. I've got to have SOME idea, or else I flail around a lot later.
(no subject) - scribblerworks - Sep. 27th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 28th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
It's really lovely!

The progression is interesting, too - I don't often get a peek at how a piece comes together like that. Neat stuff.

-beth (from Shimmer)
Oct. 1st, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Glad you like it, Beth!
Sep. 28th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
That is absolutely beautiful! And it's really interesting to see the picture evolve over the different sketches.
Oct. 1st, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
That's the fun part (for me).

And what I love about watching other artists.
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