Thursday, 14 August 2008

Single White Knight

COMING SOON TO TOTAL-E-BOUND!!!!!

Single White Knight is an erotic Time Travel written by the talented Brynn Paulin.

This cover was challenging in the fact that I needed to bring together a medieval knight and a modern day guy.

Originally to keep a sense of history I had a castle in the background but we felt we needed a more modern background.

There were two versions of this knight that I was playing around with, the front view that I ended up using and a side view. There was some juggling involved because the front guy was difficult to work around, with his arm up like that. But I think I've managed to get it all in without it looking too cluttered. The original knight images were actually black and white so I had to change it to look like it was colour.

A simple mask and hue change were all I needed there. Luckily there were not too many colours involved. Just the armor and the skin. The guy in the front was a simple cut and paste although his 'angles' were awkward to work around.

I made the font follow the line of the guy's body. Whether that is graphically correct, I don't know, but it seemed to look better to me LOL!

You may notice some textures hidden in there somewhere. I found a nice sketched medieval battle scene and thought that would add some interest to it. It's hard to see on the cover but on the cover flat which incorporates the back it looks quite good.

I've been playing around, creating my own textures lately. I take my own photos and then just play around in Photoshop with them. Adding textures can really make an image 'pop' and it's fun seeing what you can do with them.

I've also been invited to write a monthly blog over at TEB's Hot Spot! This month's post is a breakdown on the Men of Tokyo: Sudden Surrender.

4 comments:

Amarinda Jones said...

Oooh I like the look of this one - well done

Claudious said...

I like the addition of the chain mask, you have so much talent!

Amanda said...

Reading about the steps you take and your journey through the process of creating a cover is so inspiring to me.

As a semi-beginner to cover art it is also very helpful.

I just want to say thanks. I admire you. And your artwork is tremendous.

LynTaylor said...

Thanks Amanda, I'm so glad I've been of some help to someone :D Don't forget to check out April Martinez' blog too. She's another fantastic cover artist who occasionally puts up tutorials and cover breakdowns. There's a link in my Blogs of Interest. Cheers!