I’ve just finished the drawings of my next French book: “Le Crépuscule de Tellure”, written by Fabrice David and Gregory Lassablière, published by Soleil. Colors are made by Paolo Francescutto, who already worked on “La Conjuration de Cluny”, issued by Glènat last summer.
The cover required a lot of work, I did many versions, and some of them were almost completed.
These are the fisrt sketches:
The first idea was the one that we liked the most, so I made a better drawing, defining the background and studying different poses for the character:
The result was somewhat poor, so we added a bad guy on the background, bringing forward the character. I finished this drawing: pencils and inks. Here there are:
But just before starting colors… change! New character, that I draw completely: pencil, ink and color. Only the background wasn’t completed yet:
But now we need to change the background. New idea, keeping only the main character. And a new color palette, because orange and brown are too much widely used. This idea seems to work, and I made inks and colors: this is the finished cover!
Ah ah! …no!
It’s not finished.
It doesn’t work.
Lest’s start from scratch!
We came back to brainstorming, and explore new and different directions. Here there are 6 sketches of new ideas:
Nothing. The cover isn’t among them!
And finally a new idea comes, and everybody feels that’s the right one:
This sketch will lead us to the final cover, the one you’ll see on the book. I don’t post it yet, waiting to know something more about when the book will be issued.
The good of all this work is that I feel that we reached a good cover, the best one until now!