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How to “Leave Room” for Type


Lauren Panepinto

Hello everyone! This month I'm shooting down a myth many illustrators have about illustrating bookcovers, especially artists who are trying to break into publishing work: The idea that you need to leave "empty space" for type. Does type need to fit on a bookcover? Absolutely. But your illustration still has to work as a composition without any type on it. Why? because a strong composition under the type still affects the viewer more strongly than…

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Painting Montage: The New Prometheus


Gregory Manchess

April 24, 2019 - Next up in Michael Swanwick’s Mongolian Wizard series is “The New Prometheus.” In keeping with the series’ direction, I designed a montage of visuals from the story. The locations are widespread, but I chose the high latitude polar region that occurs in the story (are you surprised?). This gave me an overall blue color scheme to work with. A few studies got me going for the main theme of the work. Let’s see, the focus character came first, building to the larger head of one of the stars of the series, Ritter. He’s a tough, smart and practical guy and I wanted to give him a bit of the Shackleton look. The dogsled would be a nice touch for movement, with Freki leading the pack. Freki is Ritter’s telepathic wolf and the two send mental…

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