So, this is how a design sketch
is turned into a final piece:
I’ve finalised the sketch back in February, 2007, when I had to come up with a design for a new series (and its opening piece). It’s built on the masterful work of a seventeenth century illustrator and designer, John Droeshout. I wanted this new series – a fantasy trilogy by Laura Gallego Garcia – to look antique, somewhat desaturated and tome-like, yet with a touch of this bright new age that we live in, with a dynamism that suggests that the words, the story of this work will, hopefully, come to life in the reader’s mind – hence the dragon’s head arising into semi-3d from the illustration.
I think it was illustrator Richard Vass who turned my guiding sketch into a final piece – and I must say (seeing this preview) that he did a wonderful job… yet again. :)
(Click the final piece to see a larger version of the cover.)