What can I say about Lucas that I didn’t say last time? Well, I didn’t read my last post before starting this one so I’ll probably repeat myself. Live with it, he deserves it. Once again Luke took the vague, and probably poorly described, image in my head and made it a reality. Well, digital reality anyway. He took that fuzzy idea and delivered something beyond what I had originally envisioned and once again leaves me wondering if my story warrants the amazing cover.
For this piece I wanted to again convey the desolate nature of the wasteland of Thelos, and Luke’s style with this is perfect. It’s not his only style of course, but the intentional inattention to the right details is exactly what I wanted. I also wanted the focus this time to be on the eyes of the tertiary character in the book, which will make sense when you read it…NO SPOILERS! That’s why we went with black and white instead of the muted earth tones of the first cover. The way her eyes stand out against the misty background is just perfect. They also seem to lend hope and a little beauty to the desolation below, something that just came out in the piece. I won’t begin to guess Luke’s thought process while doing the work, he can do that if he feels the need (we are absolutely hinting that he should do some guest articles about his art!), but I can say he nailed the theme of the story and the feel of the world with far more accuracy than I could have hoped for.
As an artist and professional, once again Luke was great to work with. He took suggestions from someone who knows nothing about art, and made sure those ignorant suggestions turned into something great. If you need more examples of his work you can check out his page, and if you hire him make sure he has time to do more covers for me!