Monday, February 2, 2009

Finished


The important thing as I mentioned yesterday was that the lightest light and the darkest dark are around the head which make the head the focal point of the illustration. The fencing now leads you into the figure. I'm really happy with the way this turned out and I have to give a lot of credit to my wife Angie who convinced me to rethink the sky. I knew it wasn't working but it took some prodding to get me to take off all the paint and start again. I love to do these covers but they don't come along very often anymore.

15 comments:

adebanji said...

POWERFUL, SIMPLY POWERFUL!

Larry said...

I'm glad you decided to punch the warm more in the background. That made it possible for you to neutralize the cools in the figure, make it look more natutal and give the illusion of cool based on the juxtaposed color. Great Job!

L

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Great job!! I don't know what the book is about but the image reminds me of a verse from a Doc Watson song: 'Wake up wake up darling Corey and go and fetch me my gun, for I ain't no man for trouble, but I'll die before I'll run.'

Sheila said...

[Standing up and applauding, throwing out bouquets to Angie and you] What a difference in making subtle yet powerful changes. I love what you did with the fence also.

Anita Davies said...

Well done, it looks fantastic!

Bri Hermanson said...

It's a beauty, Steve! Really expertly handled, and you know I gotta love a well done cowboy. It's been great to see your process on this...I hope you'll do it again sometime.

I just got back in the city last night, so hopefully we can get together soon!

Sandy said...

Amazingly beautiful in every detail, the colors, the way you did the shirt...everything.

Ira Robbins said...

really great! better than ysterdays. so much work all over and on the pants etc...looks fantatstic!

Chad Wallace said...

All good decisions Steve, you pulled off another beauty!

memi said...

Beauty. There's a lot of life in that figure.
How to convince the AD's and marketing people that we need more of these???

Stephen Gardner said...

Thanks everybody, I wish I had a stack of these to work on. I've got an odd on right now and I'll show you that in progress once I know what I'm up to.
Memi- I only wish I knew how.

Michelle Burnett said...

Great color and composition!

Lori Andrews said...

Outstanding and Congratulations!

Kate said...

The final result is beautiful! The point of view, the dramatic stance, the final sky and the contrast of the sky against his head all really make the piece amazing.

dominique eichi said...

I love the progress you gave us. The finish piece has great power. Well done