Finally finished the cover art for Al Ewing's 3rd book in the Pax Britannia series; PAX OMEGA.
Really pleased with this. Back cover below:
...and a rough idea of what the final design will look like. It needs some proper text, and the spine isn't finished yet but you get the idea!
Below are my sketches for the original cover, and the final image as far as I got with it. None of the main characters are properly painted, but I'm still pleased with the colouring and lighting on the Masterbrain (big robot)'s brass head and copper belly. All the planets and lightning in the background are ok too. I think the main problem with this picture is focus really. i.e. there isn't one. There's just so much going on you don't know what to look at, and I've pretty much used every colour there is, so nothing stands out. I think the tipping point for me was looking at it and thinking 'Would I buy a book with this on the cover?'. When the answer was 'No.' it was pretty hard to carry on.
On the pencils you can see some of the changes I made. Doc Thunder is totally different, I completely removed El Sombra and the hazmat-suited scientists (they're pretty small at the bottom) and the Masterbrain's brass head used to resemble a much loved star of the silent screen (also Hitler).