Believe it or not, I had better things to do. My graphic novel, for one. But I've spent the past three weeks trying to nail down a worthy cover image for our July issue which goes to press today. Talk about cutting it close. Thanks to the patience of my art director and production manager, I finished up the last minute tweaks on my final Billy this morning and sent it off to Dan (his studio is in downtown Phoenix).
The Final Final Billy Cover Image
Yes, he's a little more demonic and Mick Jagger-ish than I intended but this is what we're going with. One of the other versions had a sweeter visage:
And I did a number of other takes as well:
Billy Walks The Most Dangerous Street In America
And I kept sending them down to Dan and he kept pumping out the covers.
17 covers and counting
Eight versions earlier
Of course, Dan The Man and I go way back.
BBB and Dan The Man Along With
Bell family at a Chloride slag pit, 1959
This morning we ended up here:
Thanks Dan. Really strong.
I would love the sweet Billy face on the outfit of the demonic billyReplyDelete