Monday, January 03, 2011

Crime Fiction


This was a recent cover that I painted for Quill and Quire magazine, for their January 2011 issue. The theme was on the rise in popularity of crime fiction. I worked out a bunch of different rough concepts, but in the end went with the idea of just putting a strong iconic image on the cover. The masthead is meant to cover the top of the image, obscuring the head of the figure.

The final art was painted in gouache and ink, with some slight tweaking in photoshop.

13 comments:

Kali Ciesemier said...

Awesome! The colors and textures are great, love those suit lines.

Paul Conrad said...

Dang Michael...that is VERY nice. Good job!

splicegraph said...

Sweet! It totally captures the feel of a SoCal pulp.

damon said...

love it!

Dominic Bugatto said...

NIce one.

ana @ i made it so said...

cool image. mysterious enough to make me want to turn the page and read the magazine.

Promotional Pens said...

Very nice! And congratulations on the cover!

Michael Cho said...

Thanks for the compliments, folks. I hope you're all enjoying a nice start to 2011.

Dan C said...

Brilliant.

Great cover, Mike. Makes me want to go track down the magazine...

Damian King said...

so good!

Alex Pearson said...

You need to sell prints of this. I'd buy it.

Lisa.Glenn said...

The way you use color in your digital illustrations is so striking. It was fun to read your interview in ILLO magazine and which helped me become acquainted with your work. This is definitely one of my favorites!

Cap City Comics said...

I love this image. It reminds me of Darwyn Cooke's Parker. I'd love to see more crime images from you!