In my last post, I decided to go a little less historical and a little more spacey. Basically, this meant putting Ernesto and Carver in a rocket. Here are two early sketches for the cover, which I drew at the size it would be printed:
Although the detail was better for the latter sketch, which might indicate I was happier with it, I actually preferred the dynamic composition of the former sketch. What's a man to do? I combined the best parts of both sketches! I'm positive I was the first artist to conceive of this technique.
This was the final sketch before I put brush to Bristol board paper. Yeah, that's right! I used a brush to ink the cover! But you'll have to wait a little while longer to see the final cover. I gotta save something for future posts.
You might also notice the title for book 5 will be Scenic Byways. The best way to see America's beautiful wilderness areas is by rocket.
Here are some sketches for the back cover: