This cover really tested me. I’m still unsure about the anatomy of Alaric (the guy in the foreground) and the placement of certain things, but I learned a lot of things while illustrating this cover such as how to properly add color to grayscale paintings! And how to create a crowd of people without killing myself!
My favorite thing about this cover is how dynamic Eli is. He looks pretty heroic taking on a guy wearing a lion skin for someone who’s not even 13, don’t you think?
A part of me wishes I had used different colors for the ground and maybe skin of Alaric because everything is kind of the same there, but overall, I’m reallly happy with the final outcome.
Everything except the flames was digitally painted. I was too afraid to handle the flames, so I ended up photomanipulating them in last.