This is the cover for book 4 of Bizenghast, woot! Vincent finally has his own cover! Go him!
I always wanted to do a cover in blue and gold...also with a ship in it. I love ships!
inked with brown ink and brush, the colored with copic marker, 3 hours.
Actually I forgot to post what I put on my forum about this, which was that it WAS inspired by the contest winner Cor-chan's entry: [link]
The bound arms of Vincent, the position of his torso up against the pillar, the expression of his face and the color of his shirt all inspired this picture. Originally I wanted to have vines crawling up the side of the ship but it loked too busy and overdetailed. The concept had to be dramatically altered to fit the theme of the other three covers...namely, that the main figure had to be physically altered in some way (cover one, she has a violin for a torso...cover two, her eyes are on her hands...number three, she's part skeleton). I did an earlier sketch much closer to Cor-chan's drawing with only half of Vincent being held by the vines, but it was not as striking visually.
However I wouldn't have come up with this idea without Cor-chan's entry! She will still get credit as the cover conceptualist in the fourth book!