Well, I finally did the first piece of finished art in my "new style"... cleaner, less dimensional, clean line with washes that don't respect object edges. It is rather fun, and really frees me up. Strangely hard to do when one is used to drawing things "as they are", ie in space. The other thing that is new, is that I have my new Epson Expression 10000XL Graphic Arts scanner, and for once (first time since I first got a computer in 1998) I can actually scan my artwork and capture pale washes of cyan blue... witness this cover.
As I am submitting the work digitally, I took scans at each step and allowed myself to continue working it, thinking if I didn't like the next thing I did, I could just submit the previous scan as final art. AND I could clean up a blob of ink that fell onto the original too, in the digital version. WOW! I am happy to be able to work traditionally and still cleanup and send to the client digitally.
This piece was less touchy than my regular style to scan, since I didn't really care if the colors were exact or not... there is no realistic green grass that looks horrid if too bright, or realistic skin tones that look off.
Anyways, here are three stages of this cover.
It is dip pen (with artistcolor opaque acrylic ink so it wouldn't run when I washed over it) with artistcolor transparent acrylic inks applied with a paintbrush, and the hair is black grease pencil.