Sam and Fuzzy’s cover design process tends to go pretty smoothly. Unlike my pals in the traditional print comics world, I don’t have to design the cover until the entire book is already drawn and finished. And by then, I’ve had a full year to think about the story, and the kind of cover image that would represent it best. So as you can see (if you can make them out), most of my initial thumbnail sketches are minor variations on the same basic concept.
Once I had a thumbnail concept I was happy with, I did a basic colour test layout before actually drawing the full final pencil. Colour positioning is really important with my covers, since my book design only works when the white SAM & FUZZY logo is positioned over a relatively dark, monotone part of the artwork to maintain legibility. I also use a pretty strict two-tone colour scheme… blue and orange for the first volume, green and orange-y red for the second volume, and purple and turquoise for this one!
Below the colour test, you can see the final pencilled and inked versions of the cover art. And below THAT, you’ll see the final, finished cover. Tada!
Sam and Fuzzy goes on sale at Topatoco really soon.