Vinnie’s just published a guest blog over at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist in which he discusses the process of creating cover art from commission to conclusion, using Nekropolis as his example.
The first step after being commissioned is to come up with a concept for the cover. Sometimes the client already has a specific idea of the image they’re after or the scene they want illustrating, and will send details of this to me in a brief.
First of all I researched and gathered together any reference material that might be useful or could be used as inspiration and then I did a few different quick sketches to try out various poses.
It’s a great read, and a fascinating insight into the work of a cover artist. Head on over to Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist to read it all, and to see the rest of the cover roughs.