Friday, October 02, 2009


Oct.2 - cover

Thanks to everyone for dropping by and leaving the good words of support. Always good to hear your thoughts- critique, praise...I welcome it all.

Here's another cover I did for the fine folks at Harper Collins. This was a pretty cool story as the author, Katherine Langrish, draws from old Welsh tales (I believe Welsh) which gives it a really unique flavor in a very saturated genre.
When I submitted the sketches, they liked them all, and wanted to "frankenstein" a bit of each into one. The heroic pose from the first one, the setting and in the 2nd, and the horses in the background in the 3rd. I was just asked to leave out the "elf" creature. Although she is a major part of the story, she is a wild, feral looking thing, and they did not want to scare away younger readers. Would have been fun to include her...but I understand their point.

All digital - which I am slightly regretting, because I think it would have made nice oil. I gotta get those oils out more...the shame....the guilt.....

:)
Scott


19 comments:

Jeremy Elder said...

For once the client had a good idea - I actually think the final is a very strong composition with some interesting story features.

Julien alday said...

Hey Scott, that's great to see you updating so many cool stuff in such a short time. You made my day, mon ami ! ^^

David Miles said...

Great cover Scott! I really enjoy your work and seeing this process is so interesting :).

Also loved the article you had in ImagineFX. It was cool to see how you blended natural media and digital.

Keep up the great work!

Jeffrey Lai said...

o wow I love the atmosphere in the final. (all the roughs have such nice lighting too!)

Ken said...

Looks great, and you do digital painting in a way that looks well.. not digital. Which is sweeet.

Oh I saw your work in the society of illustrators annual, number 49 - the same image as your avatar. Its nice to see it close up!!

AVS said...

trabajos muy buenos

Claudio Cerri said...

Your works insired me so much! See you soon!

Eric Orchard said...

Another incredible cover and series of sketches! Just amazing. You're one of the few illustrators who can sell me books, which your covers have done before I even knew you!

What's behind the oil/digital decision? Is it mostly a time/deadline thing?

jabraniho said...

one word, awesome!!!!!


keep up the amazing work scott!

-jung

Scott Altmann said...

Wow guys- can't thank you enough for the nice words. It's pretty incredible for me to read such positive things from artists I respect and admire.

Eric- the oil / digital thing: I'd say 75% of the time I make the decision is a time factor / money factor. Living on L.I. , NY we have high mortgages , high taxes...and that means I need to put out more work. It is kinda unfortunate, but it does give me a bit of a kick in the butt. On the flipside, I would like to take my time a bit more. In fact, that is the one thing I am going to work on ...patience and taking my time. I feel I rush too much and do not work up to my full potential..however limited it may be!

When I do have the time I like to do the mix of a solid oil painting, and just slight tweaks on the computer. Mostly those are for reproduction. I'd say the first 2 Mr. Spines books are a good example of how I prefer to work.

Thanks again!
Scott

bee_low said...

Nice work as always Scott. Nice use of colors in the final render. I would have to agree that oils would have been a better choice of medium. You always seem to rock it out in oils. Thanks for sharing.

Patrick j Jones said...

Great work Scott, good to see you in ImagineFX too! Really like that top left com; perfect value strengths!

Best wishes,

P.

Nathan Gaul said...

I just found your blog and am really inspired by the atmosphere you create in your images. I'd love to see a video timelapse of a peice or just a simple tutorial descrining your approach to composition and lighting.
Great stuff.

Tiffany prothero said...

Jesus! Scott these are great! thanks for showing your process also. You are awesome My friend, can't wait to see more. :D

delatorre said...

wow! really love your work man, now I'm really inspired to work! Thanks for the boost, and keep the great work coming.

delatorre said...

wow! really love your work man, now I'm really inspired to work! Thanks for the boost, and keep the great work coming.

Rich Pellegrino said...

Hey Scooter

Great job on the cape. The wear and tear on it adds a lot of personality to the image. Dope as always broski!

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T D Edge said...

Seems my post was deleted for some reason. I'll try again:

Scott - it's a stunning painting. You've really captured the essence of my story with a perfect balance of Gertie's strong spirit and the dragon's spiritual mystery. Beautiful. I'm very moved by it. Thank you so much.

Terry Edge