For my first stand-alone title, The Fifth Era of Man, it was my thought to try something different for the cover artwork. Unlike previous books, I shied away from a more traditional painting, instead choosing to do a mixture of hand-drawn ink on paper and digital color.
At this point, the illustration is solid black on white, with no color. As you can tell, I did not fill in the horn and the crown of the head.
After scanning the image in, I used Photoshop to fill in the helmet with variations of grays to create visual depth. As you can see, the horn is now fully filled out.
Behind the main image is dropped three layers in Photoshop: 1) the metal texture, 2) a blue color field, a 3) a pattern of lines to approximate the Progenitor's written language.
As a part of the book cover.