Editing on the new Mug and Meralda book isn't *quite* finished. But I am working hard on it.
I've got some new Meralda images and a few book-mocks to tide you over.
But first, a few more thoughts on book covers.
I'm getting better at posing digital models. If I decide to go that route, I can customize the scene.
Many of the fantasy or steampunk covers I've looked at featured women wielding guns or weapons of some sort. Which is fine -- without conflict, there's no drama, and that makes for a poor book and an even worse book cover.
But even after getting a steampunk gun in Meralda's hand, I realized I really didn't like the image at all. That's not her. She doesn't blast her way through problems. Too, I think we've all seen enough guns lately.
So right now I'm trying to get a tool in her hand instead. The image isn't ready for public consumption yet -- her fingers go right into the gizmo -- but when it's in better shape I'll share it.
I've also got an idea for a Mug render. If I can get him on the cover, I will. Not many book covers feature a flying houseplant with multiple eye-stalks.
Here's the first of the new images. Arms up! Hands in fists!
Here's another, looking slightly exasperated.
Here's a change of clothes.
And below, she's holding a sword, just to prove she can in fact hold objects.
Finally, here's an obviously happy Meralda driving her walking engine. Note correct presence of comfy armchair pilot's seat.
BOOK MOCKS OF THE WEEK
I found another vintage 'man's magazine' cover and improved it a bit, just for you.
Now for a few old-school horror magazines...
Hope you enjoyed the images! Have a great week.