Lustre Zeal Cover Art
Now I know why cartoon shows spend over eighty percent of their animation budget on the intro, if its the first thing people are going to see you want it to be as memorable as possible. That said, holy hell its actual cover art. Its almost like all the years of practice are finally starting to pay off.
As for my actual thoughts on this piece, well, they’re complicated. To start with I had to draw fairly heavily from a lot of my influences just to anchor the image as bringing that many separate elements together in one place is no small task given the fact not only are many of them overlapping each other but also conveying a sense of depth at the same time. Then there’s the fact that they’re supposed to be both representational and symbolic of events within the story itself and frankly I’m amazed the colors came together as well as they did given the fact that there are so many of them. That and I think the program I use to draw started to hate me towards the end given the fact that every color transition and element was on its own separate layer and when your brush starts skipping strokes its time to do so compression. Still, putting aside the bizarre logistics involved with even trying to plan out each section of the image, there were times that I was working on this where I actually felt like a comic book artist. Strange I know but given that I didn’t have to stop and do more research, or try to figure out how to make something look like what I intended it to be, it was nice to be able to just focus on making it look as appealing as possible without worrying about whether or not I was even going to be able to finish it. That part came at the end when the program started to stutter but once you’ve spent a few years writing a novel only to have a cat come along and walk across your keyboard and effectively wipe the entire thing out by stepping on CTRL+A and then F you learn to create multiple backups of everything. EVERYTHING. Anyway, now that the cover is done I can start working on the actual prologue. So if you feel like if you feel like supporting Lustre Zeal or any of the other projects I have in store then check out my Patreon page, the link can be found here: http://patreon.com/user?u=3705901