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 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.