Creating the cover to American Bison #3

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Finished Cover (well, almost)

Stages of the painting


Initial printout, and inks (for a little more detail).

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Initial background blocking in stage.

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More detailed version of the background.

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I wanted to try and get a nice background done before overlaying the figures.

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Chalk outline of the figures. I taped my initial sketch (first image to my canvas) and rubbed some white chalk on the underside of the drawing to transfer it onto the canvas.

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After transferring the figures I filled them in with light colored acrylic paint.

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I had some more time than usual on a Saturday so I painted the T-Rex.

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Then I started filling in Eknath (the bear character). I was going to keep his loin cloth green as in Issue 2 but it was the exact same color as the grass field. So I just plopped in some green I had laying around.

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Detailing Eknath. Changed the loin cloth to a darker (evil) color. Fixed his beard to make him less wolf/ewok looking and added his red scars, a feather, and a headress with white wolf tails. (They'd be weasels if he were adult sized). Added foreground grass and shadows.

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The final painting using cheap BASIC acrylic brand paints. :( *Tip. If you are painting grass or fur. Buy a DEERFOOT filbert brush-- \|/ ... it's shape. Like a fork.

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Adding the titles over the painting. I'll use a scan of the painting for the absolute PRINT final of this. I may move the Logo, but I was looking to add some intrigue by hiding it. Hoping the consumer would pick the book up to take a closer look to see what it said. We'll see if that works!

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The final painting.

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