Thursday, June 14, 2012

Creating the Cover Art for Heritage Avenged

At the Speculative Salon we often discuss fantasy art, so I’m going to, once again, reveal some of the steps taken in creating the latest cover art for my Enchanted Bookstore Legends. Like before, I started with a watercolor image of the heroine, but this time I spent much more time on digital painting steps. *GIVEAWAY CONTEST at the bottom for chances to win a free copy of Heritage Avenged*

 The background began as a photograph.

                                        After alteration with filters it became this.

The figure began with a very simple watercolor. I spent far more time on the line drawing, to get the action pose correct.

This was scanned, lifted from the background watercolor paper, and edges were adjusted and smoothed.

Then, hours of digital painting and playing with shadows were spent to get the look I wanted, one that would complement that of the first book, Seeking a Scribe.

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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, and Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


R. Mac Wheeler said...

Enjoyed your post. I'm preoccupied with the process right now myself...but mine is easier since it isn't fantasy. But picking the right image...even the color for the background...turns me into a sniveling heap.



Marsha A. Moore said...

Mac, I can empathize. My eyesight goes wonky I work on Photoshop so long, deliberating over little things. IMO fantasy looks better with artwork rather than stock images, so the challenges are different but still as tedious. Good luck to you with your cover!

Melanie said...

I am so glad that you post these. Makes me feel less weird when I work on learning how to use the tools. Just now, investigating Sketchup and Bryce to build a walk-through setting.

Congrats on the cover!

Marsha A. Moore said...

A walk-through setting sounds cool! I'd love to see your work.

Glad you liked the post. I seldom see people post stages of cover art development. I think it's fun to see the progression.

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