This is the book cover WIP I shared a couple of weeks ago. Today I’m going to deconstruct the process of making it, so the post is partly a tutorial and partly an artist’s record and resource list.
Tea stained paper stock provided by leptailurus-serval on Deviantart. I converted to grayscale so the image wouldn’t pick up the tea color. I almost always used stained paper as the base in my abstract art. I love the texture of old paper and the random structures created by the stains.
I love having a lot of fine details in my abstract pieces too. This effect was mostly trial and error through playing with blend modes and contrast adjustments.
Second image is the result.
Mouse-made by me. This is just a round brush on different sizes, with a scatter effect. A couple of different layers and some blurring. The twirl effect is my favorite thing.
My gradients plus these amazing brushes from Colorburned. Note: the brush links on Colorburned seem to be down. I’m not sure if the site is still active, but I’ll be sad if it’s gone. It’s been a go-to of mine since 09 or so.
Interested in this cover? Email rosebfischer1 (at) gmail (dot) com for details. Ask about the Orb cover. Price will be $50 for ebook only and $140 for ebook and print.