Dragon and the Sword cover art

This is a cover illustration I finished right at the beginning of the year. I love having the chance to paint dragons – I’ve only done a few, and of course this is just the head, but still, I’m pretty pleased with how she came out. I decided to keep the background quite simple and painterly so that the characters became the focus.

 

The Dragon And The Sword

Cover illustration featuring a ruby dragon and Summer, a warrior from a distant land

 

Dragon And Sword Layout

This is the final cover art and layout. The layout is slightly modified from the first two books, which were set in a Classical fantasy world (think Ancient Rome/ Greece)

 

Dragon And Sword Sketch

The initial sketch. I knew I had to do a proper photo study for Summer, the female character. Maybe this means I can justify buying a sword and some swashbuckling garb. Jeans, booths and a flowy shirt had to suffice

Ever wondered how I get from sketch to painting (assuming I don’t have a photo to work from?

NCadet Me And My Reference

Yup that’s me… no make-up, crazy hair, awesome fashion sense :P