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Rugby Union Cover Art

This week's Australian Spectator cover story highlighting the supremacy of Rugby Union over the other codes, especially Rugby League - just in time* for the Rugby World Cup! *I actually drew this illustration a few months ago, but the Egyptian riots and subsequent other big news kept bumping it off the cover. I'm very glad it is able to see the light of day, as it is one of my favourite cover illos this year.

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Rugby Union cover art for The Spectator Australia by Anton Emdin

 


The Process

Sketches and Roughs

The thumbnail rough is the best way to get your message across quickly. It also lets you see if the illustration will work in the design. If it doesn't look ok like this, it won't larger.

Rugby Union cover art for The Spectator Australia by Anton Emdin

The polished sketch, below:

Rugby Union cover art for The Spectator Australia by Anton Emdin

And in the cover template, below:

Rugby Union cover art for The Spectator Australia by Anton Emdin


Inks

This is inked digitally on the Wacom Cintiq 21UX screen tablet.

Rugby Union cover art for The Spectator Australia by Anton Emdin


Base Colour

Here I block in flat colours that I can select in Photoshop to shade and colour more.

Rugby Union cover art for The Spectator Australia by Anton Emdin

And the final art, below:

Rugby Union cover art for The Spectator Australia by Anton Emdin

Thanks for looking!

Anton