Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cover Art for Crypticon Seattle's De-Compositions 2011 horror anthology

This last April I was asked by Charity Becker of Blysster Press to do the cover art for Crypticon Seattle's Writing Contest horror anthology called De-Compositions.
I'd been doing some sketches of what I am calling "Hooded Creepers" and decide to incorporate them into the cover.

Preliminary sketch, foreground character was originally holding a doll, which I liked but wanted to go a wee bit creepier, so I had him holding a cloth with a persons face on it. The background character had a death thing going on with the scythe, thought it a bit too obvious and changed it in the final drawing.

 I first go over the line drawing with colored pencil and burnt Umber acrylics, then give it a burnt sienna acrylic wash.
 I re-darken the background area with more burnt umber and add more detail.

 I then go in and add high-lights.
 I then send the art off to the publisher who then does the final book design.
 Here it is at the Crypticon Seattle horror convention, during the author awards ceremony.

1 comment:

  1. We are so very pleased with Nick's work on this project. He nailed the theme, and the details in the finished product were simply astounding. It all came together to create a mind-blowing cover. Blysster Press could not be more proud of the work Nick did for us--we'll be coming to him next year for more!

    Charity Becker
    Blysster Press Editor-In-Chief