So here it is, as I announced to you guys on Facebook and Twitter, the new "Post-Apocalyptic Girl" cover illustration for Xabiroi Magazine's October issue. A little more subtle on the Post-Apocalyptic theme perhaps, but just as full of emotion for me, as the one I did a year ago. In fact, this image is a tribute to my beloved muse and personal heroine, Emma Nuttall: A heart of gold, and the most beautiful cluster of atoms in existence. I even got some pointers on color theory from her that I used on this piece. Who knew a de-saturated red could be a blue? Perceptual wizardry to me.
Wait, where was I? Oh right, the cover. Since I am admittedly more of a draftsman than a painter, I really wanted to push myself here, so in addition to picking a subtle 3 point perspective and trying to make the character's pose interesting, I tired to force myself to tackle rendering tricky BG elements, reflections and materials. I definitely feel that I understood some concepts and techniques a little better by doing this, and I hope the final result is also more exciting and appealing because of it. Bellow are a few detail shots where you might be able to appreciate some of the concepts that I was trying to implement (reflected colors, rim lights, transparency, different materials, wetness vs dryness, etc...)
Bellow is the image as it will be published in October by Xabiroi Magazine. I hope you enjoyed this image/post and if you really did, you are more than welcome to share it!
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