I was still a little wound up, so I decided to lay in the base colors quick. Nothing really special here. All the detail and interesting bits come in with the shading. Roderick is actually done in full color, there's just a layer effect on him. I want him to look like he's from an old photo while the apple is in full color.
Okay, now I'm starting to get tired. I need to be alert to shade tomorrow and all. The next time you see a post about the cover, it will be finished. Yay. Meanwhile, goodnight.
Previous posts about the construction of this issue's cover...
Cover Construction I
Cover Construction II
Cover Construction III
Cover Construction IV
Cover Construction V
Cover Construction VI
Cover Construction VII
Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvelous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes, look behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.
-- Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies