Saturday, 15 February 2014

Glamorous Cover Shoot #3

"Right it's time for your close-up, Jarvis baby. OK good... no - terrible! Closer. Yes, good. Oi, no chewing gum! Get rid of it. Not on my floor. Right, tentacle up... no, not that one, the other one, the fifth one yes! No try it with the sixth. That's it, grabbing the letter. Grab it! Fast as you can. Hold it. Yes. No. Start again, rethink it. WAKE UP! Yes, verry tasty. I like it. Smile. Smile! What? OK just stare. Stare! This side, this side. OK Reg, print that. I'm off to really scrutinise some shrubs."

Another rough test for an unused cover idea. Previous ones here, here and here!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Down the tubes

A closer look at the drawing for the spread on pages 23 & 24 of The Octopuppy, as mentioned in the previous post. This spread is proving to be a favourite with lots of readers. It's the bit in the story where Edgar receives the help of the creatures living in the sewer pipes under his house.

Here's the first rough sketch I did, as it appeared as part of the storyboard. This was during the early stages of planning the book.

Drawn at a much larger scale, here's the tidier and more detailed line drawing, before adding colour.

I've put in some flat colours at this stage.

More colours and textures added, nearly finished.

The final artwork, with blank word balloons ready for the text to be added separately.