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Grey Griffins: The Paragon Prison

February 7, 2012

Above is the full wraparound artwork for the cover of The Paragon Prison, which is the third book of the Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles; a series of children’s fantasy adventure books by Derek Benz and J. S. Lewis.  The book is due out this May through Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  You can see the artwork I did for the first two books here (The Brimstone Key) and here (The Relic Hunters).

Below are some of the initial rough sketches.  The overall background composition was settled early on but there was some experimentation with the position and poses of the kids, which you can see in the sketches.  To make it easier and quicker to experiment, I sketched the kids and background separately so that I could have all the elements on different layers in Photoshop and try out different positions for the kids on the background.  Being the third book in the series we wanted the overall composition to be similar to that of the first two covers but vary the positioning and poses of the kids.

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