|by: David Murdoch
The creative process behind Lucas, how on earth do I explain this. My work is high-energy, raw. Sometimes ambiguous. When I started this book I put my focus on the narrative. My goal was to write something I felt could stand on its own and then adorn it in artwork that would only make it that much cooler. That much darker.
I owe a huge debt to Sukhbir Purewal, the cover artist, for really helping me establish the feel for this thing while it was still young.
There were a few hurdles early on in the process I'll cover, I think it's the best hope for any insight I might be able to provide.
The challenge here was to create something that was inviting you in as much as it was telling you to run like hell. There were a few stabs at it between Sukhbir and myself early on.
I ended up doing a piece that was a blend of the second and third concepts.
This bastard gave me a hell of time. He's a killer that's been put out to pasture due to his obesity. A foul, jolly fat-man. I had a really clear idea of what he looked like in mind and just failed over and over to execute it. This was really a matter of trial and error.
Gah, these pieces are embarassing.
This is the final piece for Jeremy.
Sukhbirs initial concept work has this great realism to it.
It's something I wanted to capture but as I started rendering my pieces they just kept coming off overly cartoonish to me and it weren't giving me the edge I was going for. So I started breaking them down.
Once past the initial hurdles it was fairly smooth sailing. In the end I was able to do achieve everything I'd hoped.
Thanks for taking a look at the process of Lucas. Be sure to check out my blog, http://www.davidmurdoch-art.blogspot.com/, and my Deviant Art page, http://www.dmurdoch.deviantart.com/.
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