Sunday, August 5, 2012
Illustrations, no. 2 (2nd of a Series)
Here is the original drawing from which I adapted the back cover art for "Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head: Volume One: The War of the Stolen Mother." The title is "The Companions Meet the Tricky Lizard." If I had published it in the book, it would have been part of Chapter 8, which you can read here on this blog. I've also posted the back cover version below so you can compare them (this version displays the bleed line but otherwise it's accurate). Obviously, the orginal was Landscape layout rather than Portrait, and the dimensions of a 8.5 x 5.5 book cover are quite different, so a lot of adjustment was necessary. I removed the rocks (the actual scene takes place among a group of lava outcroppings) and added the tree so the picture would mirror the front cover. Unfortunately, I also had to leave A'zhu'lo out; there just wasn't room for another big head! I also omitted the second "Little One" (domesticated giant ant) and flipped the orientation of Wei'tu and the ant he's clutching. One nice thing about this Word method of drawing is that you can group items, figures, etc., and then manipulate their positioning, size, and such.