Monday, August 20, 2007

Nick Magazine 2nd Edition All Avatar Issue Cover

Well that was a mouth full. The magazine hasn't officially hit newsstands yet but since the cover has already been posted on a couple different sites, I figured I could probably post my version up too without any major legal action ensuing.

Final Cover
This image is the final image I turned in for the cover. A few minor tweaks were done by the magazine people themselves before it went to print, but this is MY version. In the magazine cover, Azula and Zuko are a lot more transparent and a bit smaller. Somehow Sokka's ponytail ended up right on Azula's cheek, but that's what happens when you've got to make enough room for the extra words to fit. Overall, I'm still happy with how it turned out.

Concept Covers
The first of the three concept covers was the one chosen to be fully realized. A couple changes were made. They wanted the UPC symbol on the left, so Momo was moved with it so they could print Text over the bottom right hand corner. They also wanted Uncle Iroh and Appa out. So they got the boot for the sake of not making the thing look too crowded. Sorry Uncle and Appa, but it was for the better.
The second of the three was the version I did to satisfy the main direction I was given as to what they thought might be good to see on the cover of an issue bridging seasons one and two. It featured Aang in the middle with little vignettes of the other main storylines in the background. I sampled some cowboy bebop artwork for the idea of putting the side stories in graphic shapes. Ultimately, this one didn't get chosen.
This last one was just my attempt at smashing every darn character I could think of into a big all out splash cover dealy-o. I'm kinda glad this one wasn't picked. It would have been a bitch to do and I probably would have jacked it up pretty well.

Final Lineart


After the cover was chosen, I then assembled a clean lineart version to be approved. I like to play "Spot The Difference" with this one. Aang's face was revised as well as were Azula's lips. They were too big. And the whole gang was put more on the diagonal.

Color Mockup

Then it was time for the color mockup. Now more "Spot The Difference." You can tell at this point I had completely redrawn Momo. I wasn't terribly happy with my first version. Aang's smile was changed between this version and the final so he wouldn't look so similar to Sokka's smile. Teeth lines were added to Katara and Toph. And the harsh uplighting on Azula and Zuko was toned down so the shadows wouldn't be so dark. And the grass had not yet been colored. I would go on to later color the grass twice before redrawing it three times until I finally got the version you see at the top. I like it a lot better than this version.

27 comments:

chamba said...

You should definitely be content w/ the end result, It's mighty gorgeous.
I'm also lovin' your other layout options.

Skylark- said...

Wowee wow wow wow - that's sensationalistically stupendifying! I'm totally buying that issue (you can tell em to ship an extra copy to Montreal, cause that's a guarateed sale right there ;-)

Chris Battle said...

Amazing, Lauren! Would've liked to see how those other concepts could've turned out, but maybe next time :)

Are you guys on between-season hiatus or somthing? I brought Clio Chiang and Kazu & Amy (from Flight) by the Avatar zone and it wuz mighty quiet/empty.... plus the inter-company e-mail I sent ya invting you to a big ol' Blogger lunch bounced back.

Michael Pfeffer said...

You gave Azula huge DSLs, isn't she only like 14-15 years old? Hahaha.

I like how the final picture turned out with Aang and his hair. Afro Katara would have been a nice edition, oh well.

Lauren said...

Chris- Avatar is winding down very quickly. Most of us have been laid off already. I'm outta hear on Friday. That's why it's so darn empty. And they never gave me a Nickelodeon email address. I guess the people who come in in the middle of the season just aren't that important. Sorry about that. I didn't intentionally snub you.

Michael Pfeffer- I'm afraid I'm not hip enough to know what you mean by DSLs. More clarification is necessary for the old and un-hip.

SalBa Combé said...

Awesome. I like your sketches

Philip Rodrigues said...

Very cool stuff

Andrew said...

I'm not really an Avatar fan (simply because I haven't been very much exposed to it yet...my friends assure me I would be a fan if I were)...

But I still think it's a great cover. Thanks for sharing the prelims as well!

Mikki said...

OMG you ROCK!! Can I be your apprentice?? I can't figure out how to do like.. photoshop or color anything ><

But yeah, you ROCK!!

Chris Sims said...

This is a phenominal piece of work! You've really raised the bar with this one. Simply amazing!

Got anything else lined up after Avatar?

Michael Pfeffer said...

*blank*-sucking-lips.

The blank is pretty easily figured out.

Lena said...

Wow, thanks for showing us your process. It makes me want to buy the magazine more and more!

It must be an honor to make the cover of such a great series. :D

roque said...

Great cover! I agree, seeing the process makes this an even greater post.

SUH.

WEET.

Nexxorcist said...

dear lord... marry me.

spleenal said...

Aang has hair!
Aang
has
hair!

It's more than I've got

VHS said...

Beeeautiful!!

sam said...

very nice tho it could... oh nevermind....

Dapper Dan said...

Love the roughs! Thanks for posting these Lauren! :)

Anonymous said...

Great work, I love it! I also think the other concepts were neat too, particularly the third one. Any chance you'll color those as well?

--Avatar_Leeloo

Lauren said...

No chance in hell.

Anonymous said...

I have looked everywhere and cannot find someplace to buy a few copies of the avatar nick magazine. where can i find it? CGN

Lauren said...

I found mine at borders.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I love that you put a red Fire Nation robe on Aang, with Azula and Zuko in the background... it kinda hints that Aang'll eventually have to give in to FireBending.

Did you come up with that yourself?

-SanJo

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