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The Jewel of the Seven Stars

OK, so aside from Dinosaurs, I have a bit of thing for Gothic Horror stories. No, no, no, not Gothic Romance… Never that. Gothic Horror! Turn of the century kind of stuff (the LAST century, not this one, geez). OK, so now that we’re talking about the same thing, I read a lot of this stuff. Short stories usually. And uh, well… I read them mostly because I like drawing monsters. Ahem, anyway, I just finished reading The Jewel of the Seven Stars by Bram Stoker… and it was pretty darn good.

Since most of this stuff isn’t a full on novel, I thought it’d be a lot of fun to try making cover illustrations for them instead of illustrations to fit in with the text (like I’ve been doing with Dracula). So far I like it a lot cause you can sum up the story in one image. Ah-HA! But there’s a catch!! You gotta make sure you don’t give too much away! Maybe TEASE the audience… make them WANT to read it…

Anyhow, here’s how the process went…

BG Colour

Background colour.

Red Added

Add the red.

All Done

Now the black!

Three colours and you’re done? HA! This is the first time I’ve ever done a three-colour print. It could use a little tweaking here and there, but I think it turned out pretty great. Take a look!

Darker Yellow

Lighter Yellow

Don't know what it is, but I love printing on cardboard. I don't get to do it very often, though. Usually have to wait until I finish off a pad of paper.

Cardboard? HA!

And last I gave it a shot on cardboard. I don’t know what it is, but I love printing on cardboard. Oh baby. But I can only do it when I get to the end of a pad of paper. Ooohh, there’s always a catch.

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