The book cover for Bloodfest went through several stages to create.
- Sketches of the main features; the body and skull. The hands were added separately later on.
- Colouring and layering.
- The scythe and hands going over the torso were added later so that their size and position could be adjusted perfectly. In fact the scythe blade is a 3D render, allowing me to fine tune the angle to fit the space on the cover.
- Different layers for colour, shading and effects.
- Finally the atmosphere is adjusted; contrast, brightness and colour overlay, to create an appropriately dark and foreboding Reaper.