Dust of the Earth

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My ever-patient husband finally has the bookcover I promised him months ago.
This is for his cyberpunk novel ‘Dust of the Earth’ (link opens to the amazon kindle page) that he recently self-published. I’m very proud of him, and fully endorse this new direction in his life. He used to be a stuntman you see, and after years of being thrown off balconies and dragged behind cars, I’m glad he’s making his characters get the bruises instead.

Here’s some work-in-progess if you’re into that sorta thing:

01. Ian posing for me, and a little Ghost in the Shell inspiration.
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02. Started in black in white to get the tones right. Gave Ian some chiseled good looks too 😉
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03. I find robotic/mechanical things very difficult, and this cyber-goon took a looong time. How light and shadow look on a metal & plastic surface just isn’t intuitive for me yet, like it is with skin.
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05. Time for colour! And to deal with that gun holster thingy…(I really am exploring all my weaknesses with this work; I’m not good with guns :/ )
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06. And finally, figuring out layout & font & polishing up & all the stuff that takes you hours past your bedtime. Have a look back at the top image to see the final piece. As always, critiques welcome.
(Also, I encourage you to read Ian’s book. It’s a fun ride)

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