I finally finished up the cover image for Dark Delve this evening. This is the first time I have tried to actually paint an image in Photoshop, but as the cover piece to my game, I wanted it to stand out and be special. I also had a specific image in my head I was hoping I could capture. Though I am far from being a real artist, I am happy with the way it came out.
Here is the completed image (sans title text):
I also captured the various steps of the process for myself in case changes were necessary, so I thought I would share the process (for better or worse).
The picture began life as 4 separate pieces, which I scanned in and arranged:
Then I blocked out the main colors in a separate layer:
The toughest step was the actual painting portion, which took several days to come together, and was an entirely new process for me:
Then came the background:
The torch and a simple lighting effect was added:
And the last touch was to add in the monsters lurking in the foreground.