A couple weeks ago, I was commissioned to design a book cover for an upcoming release by author Aaron M. Wilson. The book was a collection of short stories titled “The Many Lives of Inez Wick.” Aaron threw a couple ideas at me and I sketched out a few designs but I just couldn’t get a feel for it. Then one night I threw a quick thumbnail down and I thought I was onto something. Here’s what I came up with:
That weird scribble on the left side of the page is supposed to be a bike, as several of the stories involved a bike mechanic.
I liked what I came up with so I got to work on a rough draft.
I drew this quickly with marker. I was really happy with where I was going. I left out the bike because I wanted to focus more on Inez. Plus bikes are very hard to draw. I showed it to Aaron and got to work.
The first thing I did was lay out the page and do the title.
After that, I worked on the picture of Inez. I inked Inez with a brush.
The rough draft and the penciled final design had her right hand resting on her arm. I ultimately decided to omit the hand to bring more attention to her tattooed arm.
I was pretty happy with how things were turning out so I finished up the drawing of Inez. The tattoos were done with a size 5 Micron pen and were fun to draw and I was pleased I got it right.
The rest of the cover was going to be crosshatched, so I got to work on that.
Then I was finally finished!
I scanned it into Photoshop and converted it into bitmap, then back to grayscale for the final black and white version.
I cleaned up a few parts and then converted it again so I could color it.
Soon I was finished! I really like how it turned out.
More about the upcoming release can be found here: