Saturday, October 11, 2008

Early scrapings

I had a go at the Book 7 cover today, it didn't quite work out how I wanted, so I'll have another go (probably another few goes) but I thought I'd put it up here for posterity anyway.

12 comments:

Sparkles F said...

Well, it is definitely the fanciest cover yet. I mean it in a good way. But would Shelley really wear an all black outfit?
I like it, but the colors are a bit somber.

John A said...

They're the colours of the piece I based it on (an Henri Toulouse Lautrec poster). But yes they are sombre. It has a lot of problems with it as a cover image but I hasn't really drawn anything proper for about two weeks so I made the effort to finish it.

Sparkles F said...

Well, I know that's how you work best, scribbling until you find your way. No one ever comes up with The One on the first try. I know my news scripts are terrible until I run them past others.
It's beautifully done, even with the colors.

(OvO) said...

Scarygoround Art Nouveau! I think it's lovely and very much enjoy Shelley's coy little wink.

sodapops!! said...

THAT IS SO HENRI TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AHH oh my i love it so!!! you could take it one step further and make a cover out of an actual lithograph!! then you would be the coolest cartoonist living and your power would be unstoppable

i am imagining a whole series of SGR-famous paintings now. klimt's "the kiss" with the boy in a devil bear headlock!! s-so amazingg

Kjerstin said...

sparkles, the colors may be somber, but you must admit the pomp on Shelley's hat suits her.

Graham said...

Peloton is also the title of a very fine album by The Delgados. I will listen to it while I read your book.

Tom Meade said...

I think the most obvious thing is the big, empty bit in the top left corner. If you can think of anything else to use it for, you should, although I don't know if cafe prints are an area you're looking to move into.

Sparkles F said...

The hat is the best thing with Shelley's sassy wink.

K said...

I think it is lovely.

By the way, a couple of your characters - the Boy and Sarah Grote - wandered their way into my dreams last night (no, not in a dodgy way). This has never before happened with comics characters!

B. said...

John A, this is the first time I have ever said aloud to myself, "I would buy a print of that art piece and hang it on my wall!" while perusing your artings. It is not that I do not enjoy your other delightful images, but this confluence of art nouveau stylings, Shelley's minxy wink, and the overall fanciness of the mood just pushes it over the edge.
In short: I enjoy this a lot.

Ryan Mc said...

I see the Toulouse Lautrec and raise you a little chicken soup with rice. I like it, can't wait, &c.