"When Dinosaurs ruled the Earth!!"
Every cover starts with a series of sketch concepts....
IDW Editor, Justin Eisinger and I both agreed that the last sketch was the strongest. A T-rex roaring in your face is a hard book to ignore. there were a few changes made to it. Nothing in the story takes place in NYC (I just really wanted to paint a dino on the East River for some reason), so I had to change the BG to a jungle. I also thought some additional elements would be nice so I added some Brachiasaurus and Pteradactyles.
After the sketch is approved, I project it onto a large peice of watercolour and trace it. and the painting begins.
First I get the background out of the way. This allows me to be a little sloppy because I can clean it up when I start painting the midground and foreground elements.
next, I take care of all the shadows by filling in with black.
then I add the colour.
and finally a little lighting flourish in Photoshop. I sinply airbrushed a series of small liness and overlayed a large fuzzy airbrush over it. applied it over the painting on a screen layer and I'm done!