Thursday, June 9, 2011

Finished Sample Covers

Hooray! I got the sample cover done last night and sent it off to the potential client this morning. And, not only did I get one design done, but three! I sent these along with the original colored character sketches for a total of four illustrations as well as a link to all of the Jake Maddox books I have done on

I don't you think I might have over done it?

The top illustration is based off a photo mock up the client sent me. I simply popped the figures into where they had them and mimicked the layout of the sample as best I could. But, once that was done I wanted to try a different layout with all the kids sharing the space and coming forward out of the background a little bit. And, finally, I toned the characters in yellow to mimic the color style they had sent me on the sample. I aim to please and, when in doubt, better to send off a few ideas and see what sticks.

Usually when I get a call from a potential client and they have a job but they want to see free samples from me I usually decline. I figure if they can't tell what I can do for them by looking at all of the already completed artwork I have out there then I probably don't want to work with them anyway. But, this is a big company and they caught me on a day when I hadn't sat at the drawing board and done any illustration in about a week. So I was really itching to just sit and draw something. Plus, it was a fun challenge to see how much I could get done and how good I could make it look in a little under a day and a half.

So, the illustrations have been sent off and are now being looked at by the "powers that be." Keep your fingers crossed.

And now it's back to messing around with the music and the writing. But I'm sure I'll be back to the art table soon enough.

Have a great day!


rob! said...


Sean Tiffany said...

I prefer the second one myself. That was the one where I went off the map I was given and just did my own thing.

I do like how all the characters are in one space and not separated by the lines.

So, if I had to choose, that would be the one.