Monday, July 5, 2010

Race Race Race!

So, one of the pieces I got done during my so called "media blackout" (Rob's words, not mine...but it seems apt) was the new cover for the collected Jake Maddox Speedway kid's books.

Using the reference I created in the computer, this angle was chosen and then the real work began. The funny thing about a piece like this is that the drawing and inking of the cars is almost the easiest part of this piece.

Then there are all the little details it takes to pull a piece like this off. Painting the cars in such a way that they look shiny and metallic, adding all the little stickers and numbers to give the cars that sense of Nascar detail, and then creating a background that makes it look like these static images are jumping right off the page at you.

It's no wonder I was in a media blackout.

But, I think I really pulled it all off with this image. Of all the images I created for the Speedway race car books I think this cover is, by far, my favorite.


Jeff Lafferty said...

Cool! I really like the way the piece looks against the background.

rob! said...

GREAT piece!

Sean Tiffany said...

I can almost hear the "Go Speed Racer" theme song in my head when I look at this piece. Glad you guys liked it. Thanks!