Did you know ? I work a lot with Reedsy to create book covers and children books for self published authors.
Reedsy team came to me a while ago to re-create the cover of the first Harry Potter book to show how I made my covers from scratch.
This is how it ended up on the video they made :
I had a lot of fun creating this cover and it is always a pleasure to work with the team at Reedsy.
I was also extra glad to be able to work on such a book ! I’ve read the Harry Potter series when I was a kid and followed its publication really closely, I read the last one as soon it was out and in 24h ( sleep was not an option ! )
Check out the steps here :
After the concept step, I clean the illustration, not perfectly because I will colorize this illustration digitally and I will refine my sketch as I go but enough to see everything that will be in my illustration.
I then proceed to research my colors and see what will fit best the mood of the illustration
I went for number 3 as it a bit calm but also has a scary look with all that darkness around
Wich one did you like best ?
And then I proceed to do the full painting, I would advise you to give a look to the video above to see this process in more details :
And the final look, on a mock up to see how the book will look in the end, printed on a 6*9″ book.
I hope you liked the article !
Don’t hesitate to have a look at Reedsy if you are ever interested in self publishing and at my profile on their website.
à bientôt !