Aerial Diplomacy – Cover Illustration

Final Illustration

Final Illustration

Dragon Zoom

Dragon Zoom

Griffon Zoom

Griffon Zoom

Process Gif

Process Gif

Compositional Sketches

Compositional Sketches

Dragon Concept

Dragon Concept

Griffon Concepts

Griffon Concepts

I wanted to challenge myself with this cover-art commission by implementing a more foreshortened perspective. As you can see from the process gif, this piece went through several changes, and I had to revise my approach towards the background in order to better capture the intensity of this chase scene. I referenced jet planes flying over water to capture the dragon quickly gaining on the griffon. The final 10% of details, such as those within the water reflections and mists on the creatures' wings, were indulgently fun to paint.

Date
April 11, 2022