Cave Temple

I was contacted a few months back by a design firm specializing in book covers about the use of an old digital painting I’d posted online for a book cover.  Since the original wasn’t nearly good enough resolution for print, I worked with the firm and produced a much better quality replica.  There were other changes as well, like beams of light filtering into the cave, a bluer hue, and the addition of butterflies, who are characters in the book.

Cave Temple 2

And for comparison, here’s the original painting, which I made in August of 2009, shortly after I got my tablet.  I think it’s one of the first complete digital paintings I did.  Having a couple extra years of practice definitely helped.  Other helpful factors were a better set of digital brushes and a newer version of Photoshop with improved workflow for digital painting.

Cave Temple Original

3 thoughts on “Cave Temple

  1. March 6, 2013 - 4:17 pm | Permalink

    If only they’d let you do more of my covers!
    What’s the book about anyway? Other than butterflies.

    • Allison
      March 6, 2013 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

      Yeah seriously!

      From what I picked up from Google translations, it seems like a fairly Redwall-esque story, except with insects instead of rodents. A butterfly character gets captured and taken to a cave world ruled by beetles, and then the main character Joran goes on a rescue mission, but everyone gets caught up in the greater forces at work within the beetle kingdom. It’s only in German, as far as I’m aware. Also, reviews for it are very positive. My illustration is for a reprint or paperback – the book has been out for a couple years already.

      I’ll be getting some copies once it goes to print (which is super exciting). I wish I knew German so I could read it…

      • March 9, 2013 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

        Oooh, I know some German! Plus now I work with my old German teacher (I always say “guten tag!” when I see him, which is German for “good day!”). Maybe I should try and get my hands on a copy.

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