Thunder – Front Cover
I’m back from Finland and am pleased to report that the small amount of swimming undertaken this year was done by choice, and not by accident. The main event of the week – Tomato Carnival – was… interesting. I’ve included a picture, so you can see that I’m not making it up! To be honest, it seemed like it was a good excuse for a big party, with all of the town invited, much drinking, much dancing and some very long hangovers… So, all in all, it seemed to me like a very good thing to do at least once per year! Thanks to everyone I met while I was there. You always make me feel so very welcome.
Unfortunately, it’s also raining over there – 2012 is providing an equally miserable summer across the Nordic countries – but at least that meant I was able to have a serious crack at the 3D artwork for Thunder’s cover.
I think I might be starting to slowly get the hang of three dimensional rendering. The new book’s icon is built up of a half-dozen separate components, each individually drawn, and then rendered into 3D and assembled into one composite. The overall design follows Firebird’s template for continuity. The icon is designed to draw upon various elements from the storyline.
So, after countless iterations of size, shade, finish, angle and lighting, I think this is the version I’m happiest with.
I’d love to hear what you think about it!