Dec 13 2011 5:15pm

Creating the Art for Marissa Meyer’s “Glitches”

This project starts with me busting my knee in a climbing acident. Irene Gallo, art director for Tor Books and creative director for Tor.com, called me for a project during Thanksgiving week and, truth be told, I wasn’t going anywhere for a while; so why not work on an illustration for a wicked story?

That story is “Glitches” written by Marissa Meyer. It is a prequel to her book upcoming debut novel, Cinder.

Thumbnails flowed easily this time around. (They normally do with stories from Tor.com, they take the cookie on matching stories with illustrators.) Sometimes the mood of the story matches perfectly with the artist’s work, sometimes it’s the characters, or the setting. Whatever it may be, with their projects, there’s always something evident for one to latch onto. After a single read, I had collected plenty of concepts to work with, the main theme being a juxtaposition of inorganic over organic.

The second sketch was chosen. I then sent Irene a somewhat cleaned/incomplete inked drawing. I’ll explain why…

Here’s what I showed Irene…


Here’s what the complete one looked like…

I hate to leave my art directors treading on too much faith. They’re already putting a lot of trust in me by handing me a project, best not to push it. This time, it was easier to say “looks a bit empty now, but the background will be filled out” than “I’ll make some sense of this mess, please trust me.”

While on this stage we went over some tweaks on Cinder’s mouth. When working with linework, any tiny detail makes a giant difference. Irene pointed out that the lines describing her philtrum and upper lip gave her the appearance of a more mature woman. In the end, we decided to remove them altogether since we were aiming to make her look like the young teenager that the character is.

After a couple of color schemes, we chose the green dress. By the time I was done with this illo, my knee was back to normal (ish), so I’m back to finding new ways to destroy my body against a wall.

Goni Montes began his career as a scientific illustrator. His work now tilts towards editorial and advertising illustration. His pieces have been featured in professional and student shows for both Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and New York.

1. Lspider2
how wonderful, you are a good artist,.. I draw and sketch to, but always enjoy the competition. Thank you to post.
2. Zilla
This is a beautiful piece of art - could see it working very well as a stand-alone poster!
3. Yukimaru
Oh my gosh it's amazing!!! O.O
I love your artwork (and the books cause I happen to be a bookworm at the same time ^^; ). ^_^

I happen to have a hobby of drawing/sketching anime/manga type characters that I like to make up, just because I'm feeling like drawing this shape to begin with today, or this is the kind of mood I was feeling yesterday, ect. None of my resulting works end up that good though, and I've been practicing for approximately two years or more?
Anyway, do you have any tips for drawing? : D
4. nuala
I absolutely LOVE the Lunar Chronicles series and I am an artist. I love you`re drawing so much execp for I just finished rereading Scarlet and I`m pretty shure her cyborg arm and eg are on her LEFT side!

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