The assignment was to create character sketches and a book cover for a hypothetical (probably forthcoming) book called "Cupcake Princess." We got a brief description of the girl and were instructed to go at it. I posted my initial images for the cover previously. The art direction given once I turned in those sketches was to work on expression and choose a scene which would show more action and intrigue...make the reader want to know what happens. I took it to heart and redesigned.
Here is my process...
|wet and tape down paper. block in background color|
|paint the girl and bearded dragon|
|water wash over background to soften and mute|
|digitally composite, adjust, enhance, add textures, etc.|
|added a pseudo title and bylines|
So the moral of the story is...take the opportunity to go to conferences, show your work, practice your craft...whether you are a working professional or a beginner. GOOD LUCK!