Create Cover Art with Illustrator Jon FosterWho is Jon Foster?
*Jon-Foster is a professional illustrator whose works have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Universal Orlando, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Tor Books, Simon and Schuster, Harry S. Abrams Books, Boston Globe, Underwood Books, Knopf, Delacorte, Del Rey Books, Scholastic, Fox Atomic, Little Brown, Nightshade books, Subterranean Press.
As well as inclusion in the Society of Illustrator annuals, he has received two silver and three gold awards from Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art. Jon also was awarded the David P. Usher/Greenwich Workshop Memorial Award in the Society of Illustrators annual 43, has been nominated twice for the Chesley Awards, and was winner of the 2008 Dark Scribe Quill Award for Best Cover. Check out his work below!
Jon Foster: Cover Art ShortsThese free videos are supplementary to The Art Department's Cover Art with Jon Foster premium content series.
Jon Foster: Self-Intro
Jon Foster: Definition of a Book Cover
Jon Foster: Traditional vs. Digital Part I
Jon Foster: Traditional vs Digital Part II
Jon Foster: Digital Brush Making
Jon Foster: Digital Color Correction
Jon Foster: Adding Color Digitally
Jon Foster: Dealing with Procrastination
How I made the Alien fossil pendantMany people have asked how i made it so i'm gonna tell you In great detail
I made it because a very nice man asked me to. Challenge accepted!
And i must admit - it really was a challenge
I have spent quite some time scratching my head and thinking 'how da hell am i gonna make this?'
So we're talking about this thing:
I started from the head.
The top was supposed to be shiny so standard wrapping was out of the question. I chose a low dome half round wire instead. That thing is SO hard to bend sideways and i had to bend it to get the head shape. After the bending battle was done i spent an hour fine tuning the shape of the head with various files.
Then there was the jaw. And the bottom of the head. The bottom should have some details so wrapping it worked fine. I measured how much wire should go into it, flattened 20ga wire, filed tiny little teeth in the front of the jaw, shaped it to get a bit of 3D action going there and wrapped it al