I coloured the ANDREW JACKSON IN SPACE #1 custom cover

As part of the ANDREW JACKSON IN SPACE Kickstarter that ran last year to support the development of the first issue, I did several commissioned illustrations which I’ve been meaning to post. In this case, I needed to do a custom black & white cover. So I asked what the person had in mind and said I’d draw whatever they wanted…

Last week I posted the custom cover that I produced, but that was just the black & white art. That was sent to press and done. But I was really happy with how the final black & white art turned out and I got to thinking… how would this actually look in colour?

I’ve mentioned a couple of times lately, I’m not doing a lot of coloured art and I’m actually trying to cut back on how much colour art I’m producing because I want to really focus on getting stories done. That being said, I have some ideas that I’ve been kicking around in my head and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to test them out.

So the thing to keep in mind is that working with a colourist on ANDREW JACKSON IN SPACE is a first for me (and it was a bit of a learning process on my end). It took a little bit of learning how to communicate what I saw in my head when I was coming up with the images and in the end, I was super happy with how the book came together. So when I decided to colour this cover myself, I was really just testing out ideas I had for possible textures, tonal stuff and rendering.

I think the final result is a pretty good balance between the colouring that you’ll find in the first issue of ANDREW JACKSON and my own take on how to colour my stuff – but it’s definitely different. Now I just need to find the time and a reason to colour something else!

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