Two more off the list

Another productive weekend and two more covers done – as promised, a 60s and a 70s story.

Lucky it was a Bank Holiday weekend, though. The former took me longer than usual because of the need to colourise black-and-white images for the 60s stories – a decision I made early on when I was doing covers like The Aztecs and Dalek Invasion of Earth, for which I had (some) colour photos to use. But although it’s more work for me, it’s a choice I’m happy with. I think the range of covers looks better for being all in colour, rather than full colour after 1970 and simple colour washes before then. Even those where I have used a colour overlay, like parts of The Keys of Marinus and The Mind Robber, it’s never a simple flat colour, there are still elements in full colour and, of course, always the Doctor. So it takes time and effort, but it’s worth it in the end (I think).

So had it been a normal weekend, I’d only have completed one cover. But the extra day allowed me to run up another. I deliberately chose a 70s story for which not many images exist, saving time by limiting the design options. This also meant that I wouldn’t feel like I’d rushed things as this story was always likely to be quick to do for that reason.

No rest, though, and it’s on to the next one! As I said before, I’m holding them back for now before I post any, although I won’t necessarily wait until the whole backlog is cleared as I already feel the schedule bearing down on me, with Time and the Rani due out next week and then another blooming boxset – at least with the three stories in the Revisitations box I don’t have complete covers to do; as with Remembrance of the Daleks, I plan to upgrade my existing covers, obviously with revised Special Features on the back, but also tidying up the front illustrations with my now more experienced eye.

Cheers
JC

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