Working on the cover art for the CD Burn The Ships by my band, Ironwood Rain.
As a pirate, I can't help but love the concept! It has ships, and fire, and more! And there are songs about ghosts (ooOOoo) and Christmas (Oi... BOOTY!!!) and, of course - "Burn The Ships"!!!
Here are a few of the highlights, in reverse chronological order.
The early stages of laying in the color washes:
oooo... look at that melty jungle!
Work on the final art begins! The initial drawing.
Testing the process, the color palette, and some techniques and effects:
Mapping out the space and the key points of visual interest:
Mapping out the distribution of darks and lights:
The concept sketches: