Watch out, coming in hot!
Hi folks! I'm very lucky to be on duty for the NoSleep podcast this week again!
This week's episode, Season 9, Episode 10 brings you a bunch of creepy tales for your listening pleasure, amongst it “Burning” by author C.M. Scandreth, which I chose as the subject for the cover art.
Drawing the flames
This week, I knew pretty early on what I wanted to draw. The claustrophobic idea of being trapped in a burning car, one hand futilely grasping at the window, sent shivers down my spine, so I set to drawing.
Drawing the car turned out to pretty straight forward, and I settled on the blue hue to have a nice contrast to the orange and yellow flames.
Since I had some trouble actually drawing the flames, I sent out in search of some online tutorials. If you ever worked in Photoshop, you know the type: often working with PS tools like layer styles they end up looking kinda like what you're trying to accomplish, but not really.
I tried one or two of them out before discarding the idea, sighed, and rolled up my sleeves. I found a photo of a burning car that I used as a reference and set to work.
Not a carbon copy
I wanted the flames to have a more illustrative look than the photo ref, so I spent quite a lot of time and a couple o' hundred more brushstrokes than I intended on drawing the flames until I got them exactly where I wanted them.
Hope you enjoy the artwork and the podcast episode, and drive save out there.
Take care, my lovelies!