Making of the second cover of Pepper&Carrot

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This cover was painted from scratch with Krita. Here is a little gallery of making-of, and work-in-progress pictures.

Digital sketch

All started with this digital sketch done over a deformed perspective grid and composition guidelines for a vertical book cover.

Mapping the house of Pepper

To make this shot from the interior of the house of Pepper, I also had to map her house, and make it consistent across the episodes. Episode 14 received a little update to be sure the comic would match the new map of the house.


As you can see in the gif animation under; it was a long and incremental work of speedpainting and then detail with paint-over. But this process was probably the most flexible to keep a control on the render and ambiance of the global artwork.

Testing variations around the theme:

The theme changed a lot during the painting. I wanted to find something funny that communicate instantly the comedy theme of Pepper&Carrot. A big thanks to C.Maloney and Valvin on our IRC channel for the feedbacks all along the process.

First Joke rejected: Cayenne was asking Thyme and Cumin what happen to her broomstick. The clue was subtle the pink ribbon was in the paw of Carrot.

Second Joke: Similar to first one, a bit more dynamic, with scissor to try to make the message more obvious... but it wasn't working.

Joke C : the good old 'Kaboom' explosion gag. But hard to make a relation between the potion
and the explosion. Also, explosion are too aggressive for a pranks... But the final version is just a variation around this theme.

That's all. Thanks for reading this article!
You can see the final artwork in full resolution here.

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link Roobar   - Reply

Is there a real life girl that this character is based on?

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

For Pepper? No, it's a 100% character from my imagination.

link ArtfulButterfly   - Reply

Its so sweet! So lovely to see a new artwork! Very helpful to see the process.

link Alex (EIREXE)   - Reply

Great as always, deevad.

link Fairportfan   - Reply

What has it got in its pocketses?

Seriously - what is that round object in Pepper's (i assume) pocket?

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

It's a circle patch of leather, not a pocket.

link fairportfan   - Reply

Ah. Patching a hole, then?

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

Exactly :)

link valvin Contributor, - Reply

Thanks you to let us participate to your wonderful work :)

link Konstantin Dmitriev   - Reply

It's a bit disappointing that source kra file (located in "Sources" -> "Artworks") is not really a layered source. I mean, it doesn't contain separate layers for line/fill/shadows (the image is "flattened"). This makes it almost useless for remix-reuse (unless I put some effort into separating characters manually). Any specific reasons for this or am I missing something? ^__^

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

I Konstantin; no specific reason ; if you look at the work-in-progress, you'll see it's how the picture was made: flat.
The outline were painted as other elements of the painting: it's details. It's a painting technique I have, and be sure I'm not hiding special source files somewhere else :)

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