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June 29, 2008

French Phase 7 Collection Cover: Part 3

Well, here is the finished cover illustration for my collection of Phase 7 comics, being published (in FRENCH!) by L'employé du Moi.

I have been doing A LOT of digital coloring lately, as I am coloring Aaron Renier's next graphic novel for FirstSecond Books. So this actually only took me a little over an hour to color... but then I spent another TWO hours shifting all the values, trying to make foreground elements come to the front and background elements stay muted in the back.

The text was drawn on a separate layer and then dropped in using Photoshop. Lastly, I fiddled with a few of the color choices, trying to get everything to mesh together. Violà!

This book is over 200 pages and it will be out in November 2008. I'm hoping to make it to Angoulême this year to help promote it (and to go to Europe for the first time!) So look for it by the end of the year.

Unless I'm greatly mistaken, the new illustration challenge begins next week!


CamChes said...

Great cover Alec! I'm sure they're thrilled. Thanks for posting your process too.

Alec Longstreth said...

No sweat Cameron. I hope there was some useful information in the process. I think the main thing I learned for this image was the idea of inking PART of an image, doing some more penciling, then another round of inking and another round of penciling. Breaking it up like that made the whole thing much more manageable.

Shaun Peterson said...

Wow this cover came out amazing Alec

Alec Longstreth said...

Thanks Shaun! I had to tap into my "inner Vicki" at the end of the process, trying to get the values to work out correctly. :P I'm looking forward to seeing you on Friday and hearing how things have been!