Blood & Glory #1
Set during the last days of WWII, a conscientious objector named Hegland finds himself hunted by a phantom in the woods of Northern Germany.
Thunder Print (11 x 17)
One of the "Three Storms" from Big Trouble in Little China, this 11x17 print of Thunder shows his anger just before he explodes.
News > Jack Burton Adventures 3 Almost a Wrap!
Jack Burton Adventures 3 Almost a Wrap!
Not a pretty sight, I know! But as publishing deadlines loom, one has to work with the space they've got.
To give you a little insight into what goes into the development of the cover for a Crankleft book, here's a step-by-step of the design of this particular cover for Jack Burton Adventures #3:
1. Crankleft members have regular "roundtable" meetings during which we discuss, amongst other things, cover ideas for our books in development.
2. All members are encouraged to contribute sketch ideas for covers based on these discussions, (or any other ideas they may have thereafter). Many of these sketches end up included in bonus pages at the end of our books, or as web posts such as this one.
3. Once an idea generates enough enthusiasm, a rough version is laid out. The rough for JBA 3 can be seen on the computer monitor in the picture above. That is the image I emailed to the other writers & artists involved in the book for final feedback.
4. Finally, I get to draw the cover in blue pencil! I follow this by inking with brushes & pens. You can see the blue pencils, an eraser, & a couple of brushes lined up to the bottom right of the picture above.
5. This completed, inked cover is then scanned & prepped for colors, (which, thus far, are usually done in Photoshop).
And that's it! It's that...easy?
Some last things I'd like to point out in the picture for some insight into the machine that is Crankleft, (or at least in my little corner of it). In the upper left corner we have the thumbnails for a children's picture book, (a future Crankleft project perhaps?); below that is a buried library book on Blender, (a side hobby); and finally, sticking out below that book are the thumbs for JBA 3, (with the red & grey ink).
Hanging on the shelf above that stack is a list of the Presidents in order, (a long story), some PSD shortcuts, and a note from my daugher: "Der Dada - I hop you have a gud lif." A sweet, unsettling note that always makes me smile quizzically.
Directly above the computer is a printout of the "22 Panels That Always Work!!" Seek them out if you haven't already. They are my go-to whenever I'm stuck on the layouts of a page.
Finally to the right of the photograph sits my old, plastic Hulk mug. I use this to store business cards from other comic folk. I've had it for a long time. Below the mug rests a lego Ghost Rider created by my son. I've been meaning to animate it but haven't had time, so there it sits for now as a reminder. And finally there are a multitude of brushes, pencils, pens, blades, & such lying about for quick illustration needs.
Thankfully, the picture did not include a large portion of the desk which was equally littered with rulers, french curves, sharpeners, ink, and other such tools. And fortunately, for my sanity, this desk was promptly cleaned off upon completion of the cover for JBA. Now, it is a sparkling beacon of hope, a reminder of future projects awaiting completion. One of which is that stack of Bukeey strips waiting to be inked, (you can see the blue pencils for Strip 23 of Bukeey 2 peeking out from behind the computer).
Sigh. So much to do, so little time.
I hope this proved more interesting than long-winded. Would love to hear any thoughts or comments. Feel free to send 'em to us at any time.
Thanks for reading!
Chad Bever, artist for Jack Burton Adventures and Bukeey.
Tales of the Macabre West (Book)
Five thrilling tales of death in the Old West. Set in the rugged American west of the late 19th century, Tales of the Macabre West is filled with tales of black magic, Native American ghosts, demons, death, and redemption.
Revenge is a Dish Best Served T-Shirt
The old Klingon proverb with a new twist: Revenge is a dish best served... with steamed vegetables.