Yesterday I showed off the planned cover for issue #1 of Russian Sunset by Bart Sears and Mike Atiyeh. Today, it’s the cover for issue #2, by Luke Ross, my artistic partner on Samurai: Heaven and Earth.
After we kicked around the concept, Luke produced the three roughs you see above. We ended up picking the one with more of an iconic/propaganda composition, reflecting Russian proletarian art. Luke rendered the cover in his tonal pencil style, the same style he employs for Samurai: Heaven and Earth. The tonal style is more painstaking and time-consuming than simply penciling to be inked, but I think the results speak for themselves.
Colorist pal Rob Schwager then dropped in the flat red background.
The other planned covers for Russian Sunset were to have been by Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze and Darryl Banks. And at some point, maybe they still will be.