March 11, 2008

> Sketch, Graphite on Bond, 5.5 x 8.5".

I was given a couple of plot points for this issue of Fables, but essentially I had free reign to invent the situation and characters in the scene.

> Sketch comp, Photoshop CS2, 7 x 10.5 @ 300 dpi.

The sketch required a bit of modification to accommodate the type design carried over from the previous cover.

> Drawing, Charcoal and White Chalk on Rives BFK, 20 x 30".

The stairs provided a simple graphic counterpoint to the fruit and vegetable vendors.

> Finish, Photoshop CS2, 7 x 10.5 @ 500 dpi.

The color on the lemons was applied on a color burn layer using pure yellow, and the rest of the image was colorized subtly with a variety of techniques. I decided to remove the yellow band on the bottom, since it didn't make sense to interrupt the staircase. Overall, I was very happy with how this cover turned out, since it veered closer to my personal work.