Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Zombies and Ned Kelly

Couple more covers I did last month.
I normally hate the results of photo manipulation (when I do it anyway), but this is pretty cool I think. Zombies are always fun to do too anyway and you don't have to stick too closely to the original images, so it feels like actual drawing is going on. For this cover Mike Molcher from 2000 AD took some photos of himself and some mates, as he's a history freak and re-enactor with a wardrobe of period clothes and weapons at home (he really has) and the book is an omnibus of zombie fiction set at various points in history. Below are the photos I started with, chosen from about 200 options, and the full spread of the cover design. I based this loosely on the style/layout set by Luke, the artist/designer for the previous two Tomes of the Dead omnibi, although I wasn't as meticulous about this as I would be normally, as the stories have very little to do with each other beyond sharing a publisher (and the undead).

This next one is for an ebook, out soon from Abaddon, set in their 'Afterblight Chronicles' series. This pic is based entirely on a sentence David (the editor) used to explain the plot to me, which sounds awesome and was something like 'This ex-con steals Ned Kelly's armour from a museum and wears it to protect a town from maniacal bandits', which is the just the best elevator pitch ever. Home-made armour? Modern guns? Nutters? YES! Sounds like an 80s arnie movie.

There's a couple of versions here, one of which features a speech bubble that I would like to, but wont be, included on the final version, and the other is the cover as it'll appear. This is the first digital painting I've done in ages as I'd fallen out of love with them a bit, and there's lots of artists who can do them a lot better than me. While its not the coolest, cleverest image in the world, I hope it's kinda fun, cos I had a good time doing it (I had explosions and ricochet noises in my head the whole time)...