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June 17th, 2011

Step by Step: The cover for Intruder, by CJ Cherryh, from DAW books, part III

Step Three (continued)

Part I is here.

Part II is here.

Here’s the same progression, focusing on the characters. You may note subtle changes: at about 1:32 the man to the left of Machigi gets tired of looking left and shifts his gaze to the right. Bren ties a different bow into his hair. And the woman on the far right loses her manly arm and acquires a more feminine one. Click on the picture:

In the following video I’m focused on the vase and the monkey. Note that between 0:14 and 0:18 I tweak the silhouette of the vase, then between 0:45 and 0:50 I fix the curve of the upper groove. Click the pic:

Finally, since Machigi’s face was the first I painted, it was touched the most often over the course of the work. Click the pic:

Selected details:


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7 Responses to “Step by Step: The cover for Intruder, by CJ Cherryh, from DAW books, part III”

  1. Sabina says:

    Thank you for posting this step by step. It’s quite interesting to see and read about the creation and what thoughts went into the cover – and seeing the cover at all. :)
    Thanks also for the detail pictures and the movies.

    I’m very happy to see another window after Conspirator’s great tree and the vase has these very intriguing sea creatures which I already liked very much on Deceiver. Those tidbits just give the pictures the extra whomp for me and heighten the anticipation for the book.

    Bren looks rather mischievous and like he knows exactly where the ape-creature is.

  2. Sharon says:

    Absolutely fascinating! Wonderful insight into the creative process, and the effort, insight, and thought that goes into creating your fabulous art.

    BTW, your depiction of Cajeiri’s pet made me laugh: Jane’s mischievous new kitten has the same expression, down to the eyes and mouth.

    As always, stellar work, Todd!

  3. Pieter Wessels says:

    Thanks for sharing your process! This has been most useful.

  4. Sabina says:

    If one might, I have two small question.

    The detail views are so great, one normally doesn’t get so see all those details on the cover. Might one have a detail view of the female in the back?
    And are those two (the male and female in white) just random background filler or are they drawn from the book?

  5. Todd says:

    Ah! One has asked so politely that one is compelled to comply.

    The two are random background filler, alas. One required pale values there for the overall balance and movement of the piece, and felt need of another female.

  6. Sabina says:

    Thank you. :)

  7. Xheralt says:

    One regrets to report that these tidings have most thoroughly quashed some entertaining speculations. To my eyes, though, neither of the aforementioned figures have white outfits.

    Said theories:

    1. Jago, in *very* off duty mode? (One firmly believes she would never unbend that much, but as noted, an entertaining prospect!)

    2. Damiri-daja (a theory one favored for the hint of green in the pale gown, Atageini house colors). Although there are other points against this theory, foremost that Tabini-aiji does not appear to be in evidence (he would be with her, and would NOT be caught dead wearing beige, any more than he would appear in public with his hair unbraided…