Illustrating the Sunnyville Volume 4 Cover

Greetings, Sunnyville fans!!  We have ONLY 21 DAYS LEFT until the Sunnyville Volume 4 Kickstarter launches!!

Moving on, the cover for the planned fourth volume of Sunnyville has been completed.  This will also be used for the Kickstarter itself.  Today, I’ll show you a step by step montage of how the image was illustrated.  First I worked from the sketch I did (shown in yesterday’s blog post).

Sunnyville Volume 4 Cover pencils

I first laid down a basic sketch in 2H pencil on 11 x 14 inch smooth bristol board and then tightened up everything with an HB pencil.  

Sunnyville Volume 4 Cover Markers 1

After that, I started making passes on the page with markers coloring in various things such as Sam’s tail tip or the doughnut on Rusty’s signboard.  Here’s another photos of the successive marker work.

More marker work on Sunnyville Volume 4's cover

Once the marker work had been done for Rusty and Sam, I let them dry for awhile.  Then came the green shrubbery behind them.

Blue and yellow acrylic ink

I decided to use acrylic ink for the bushes.  Bristol paper can take large areas of ink but I can’t use a heavy diluted wash on bristol like watercolor paper.  To get a rich green color but not have the page buckle, I mixed together equal amounts of yellow and blue to get green.  Only a few drops of water were used to help mix the colors further.

Putting green acrylic ink on a page

Here’s the ink being put down and drying.

Drawing with pen on the page

After everything dried, it was time to work with pen.  After more work, retouching and drying, the final image was ready!

"Holier Than Thou", Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Cover Illustration

“Holier Than Thou”, Mixed media on bristol board, 11 x 14 inches

And here we have it – the finished product!

This will look good on the final book.  Get your wallets ready and be sure to pledge to the Kickstarter on Jan. 5, 2018!

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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