Saturday, March 27, 2010
John Carter of Mars
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Hello Pulp Friends,
I wanted to share the step by step for the above fake cover I did for John Carter of Mars - it seems I am specializing in pseudobiblia (or impossible books ;)) lately.
When I heard about the weekly TWART topic being John Carter, I had this idea to mock those old paperback covers: they look great plus I didn't have to fill the whole page with artwork (yeah, hard to cut too much time out of the weekly schedule when you are under deadlines ;)).
I wanted to show John and possibly Dejah facing some kind of beast. Initially I thought of some pterodactyl, then one of those 6 legged tiger, and finally I settled for some sort of alligator/reptyle.
Once the linework was done, I hand drawn in all the graphic elements and type (logo, titles, etc).
And then brought the file in Corel Painter and add some colors (trying to keep a muted palette).
Finally took the cover, sat it on a shelf for 50 years in the attic, and you get the result shown on top of this post ;)
Hope you guys enjoyed it :)
Artwork © 2010 Francesco Francavilla