Inking the Book Cover, part 1

Picking up from the last video, I started inking the cover to my next book (Sunnyville Stories Volume 2) which will be out next year.

 

 

 

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Laying down an acrylic wash

Picking up from where we left off last time…once the wash is prepared…

 

Preparing a Wash

Just a short video I did from YouTube.  Here I prepare a wash of diluted acrylic paint for my next book cover illustration.

 

Be Strong In the Power of the Lord

I needed to do another concept piece to convey to others what Von Herling, Vampire Hunter would look like.  So based on the sketches I did of August Von Herling and Vlad Magnus, I decided to put together a piece to show what my work would ultimately look like.

Be Strong Pencil Drawing

Pencil drawing

This is the final pencil art done on 7×10 inch hot-press watercolor paper. From here on, I would apply diluted paint. ¬† Read the rest of this entry »

In Nomine Patris

While coming up with the basic concepts for Von Herling, Vampire Hunter, I worked out various sketches (some of which I did share on here).  But to convey to others what the final product would look like, I worked on some more detailed concept drawings with inks and paints.  This first one was what I came up with.

In Nomine Patris

“In Nomine Patris”, Ink and acrylic on paper, 7×10 inches

I wanted to show Von Herling in action, but also convey that he was not your contemporary vampire hunter who goes head to head with creatures of the night. He’s more of a guile hero who will wait until vampires are at their weakest and then strike by exploiting their weaknesses.

Diluted acrylic paint was used for the shades of gray while colored ink was used for the holy wafer. ¬†In vampire fiction, holy wafers (also called sacramental bread, communion wafers, communion host, or Eucharist) were used to prevent the deceased from rising as a vampire; they’d be put inside the mouth. ¬†Some media depict wafers placed on a vampire’s resting place to prevent said vampire from sleeping. ¬†Others (such as the 1992 Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola) show the host being painful to the touch for vampires.

As you see, Von Herling always keeps some wafers in his tool bag.  They come in handy in the battle against the undead.

Incidentally, the Latin chanting you see in the image (a portion of which makes up the title) basically is the Trinitarian formula – “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”.

Two more CG Squirrel drawings

I have two images here of my pinup girl, an anthropomorphic female squirrel named CG.  Most of my work is in pen-and-ink, but this first piece here is actually done in a different one.

Sleeping CG

This first piece is titled “Sleeping CG” and was done on 7×10 watercolor paper using acrylic paint and graphite.¬† It’s nothing special here other than the fact that it’s not done in my usual medium of pen-and-ink.¬† I used to use watercolor, but I haven’t anymore.¬† I will sometimes use washes of acrylic (which is insoluble once dry) or gouache (which reproduces well) with my finished ink work.¬† I might have to talk about that in a future discussion.¬† I really like the composition here.¬† Composition and line are ALWAYS important to me. Read the rest of this entry »