Cover art for Spectator Australia. The story I was provided warns of China's growth and power, and how it affects Australia and the US. Please click for a closer look...
First I draw a quick thumbnail rough (below) to show the editor the composition I have in mind.
Then I use the thumb as a basis for a quick rough (below):
Then I polish it up into a clean sketch (in layout, below):
Then I ink and colour, checking the art looks good in the magazine's 'furniture' (ie. the title and type around it).
Finished art (in layout, below):
But in between me drawing this and publication, The Spectator decided to change their cover layout, so the image was cropped by the art department and published like this:
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