Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Eyebrow Topiary

While waiting in for a mattress to be delivered, I explored the subject of eyebrow topiary. Seriously, some people have the type of eyebrows that would lend themselves to a little decorative trimming.

Having dazzled the judges in the early heats, Aubrey had certainly upped his game for the final and romped to victory with his cockerel and cup and saucer combination.

Despite owning the best scissors money could buy, the sad fact was that Gerald simply didn't have the eyebrows to be a serious contender and could only look on bitterly at the stunning work by the finalists.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A Digital Safety Net

While the majority of my work is produced using traditional processes, I often rely on digital methods to fine tune an image. Take for instance the recent cover art for The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Looking at the scanned art, I decided I'd like the rats to be more in shadow, so I used Photoshop to deepen the shadows in and around the rats and to add to the moonlit highlight. I also lengthened the sky at the top edge to better accommodate the title panel.
For anyone who likes to play 'Spot the Difference', here's the original scan and how the image sits on the cover.