Thursday, May 21, 2015

Prisoner of the Mind issue #4 book cover ink and paint

Prisoner of the Mind Issue #4 will be out on Comixology this month, so I thought I would go back to the roots of the cover design for this book. Above is the final pen and ink drawing for the cover without paint or text.

Above is the final cover, digitally painted with graphic elements added, including atmosphere, lighting and text. Usually when I am creating a book cover, I go through many stages of design and trial and error. Sometimes the idea starts out on a napkin or scrap of paper and then it's developed into the final piece. In this case, I didn't like the position or expression on Cole's face in the final ink drawing, so I painted it out and started over on the final version. That was all done in Photoshop afterward. The coloring also went through a number of changes. 

Because this book was created as a Graphic Novel in over 300 pages, I  had to separate out all of the chapters, to present it as a comic book series. So, each chapter becomes one comic book. The final story arc will be about 10 books total. That gives me an opportunity to make 10 really unique book covers. With that said, I wanted to vary up the coloring of each one as well. If all the covers are painted the same, it would look boring.

This is the book cover for issue number 3. You can see that I kept my same style of artwork to be consistent with the book, but the color scheme is very different.

Check back soon for issue #4 release date. If you haven't had a chance to catch my series yet, you can purchase them digitally on Comixology here.

“Allan Linder tells a dark intriguing tale with a subtle underlying story that comes from a deeper philosophical place than just your average comic book.” … More ~ Outside the Cube

"Prisoner of the Mind is a great read that’s as entertaining as it is mysterious." More ~ Comic Bastards

"An inspirational neo-noir Sci-Fi masterpiece graphic novel." ~ Super Robot Mayhem

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Prisoner of the Mind issue 4 coming next month.

I just received my new proof copies of Prisoner of the Mind issue number 4. I have a little color correction to work on, but this book will be released next month in print and digital via Comixology. Check back for updates soon. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Prisoner of the Mind Issue #4 coming soon

YESSSSS, it's almost here! Issue number 4 of Prisoner of the Mind is right around the corner. Look for it here, available in hard copy via Amazon or digitally on ComiXology. If you missed any of the previous issues, you can pick them up here.

Prisoner of the Mind #4: Memory Shards

Most people are trapped inside their own bubble of influence like a fly trapped in a public bathroom. Many are in denial about their lives, so they surround themselves with physical things, pretty things, and expensive things as a replacement for knowledge or strength.

The accumulation of wealth has become the standard for success and power, but true power can only be achieved by the accumulation of knowledge. Doubt in oneself breeds disbelief keeping the average person at arms length from elusive power. 

They wake every morning brush their teeth, drink their coffee and go to work. Tomorrow and the next day they do the same thing repeatedly never questioning themselves.

"Neo-noir, Sci - Fi masterpiece" 
~ Super Robot Mayhem

"Check out this stunning looking project" ~ Sci-Fi Pulse

"Escher-esque" ~ Outside The Cube

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Prisoner of the Mind Issue number 3 is out on Comixology today!

Prisoner of the Mind #3

Prisoner of the Mind #3

Inks: Allan Linder
Pencils: Allan Linder
Art by: Allan Linder
Written by: Allan Linder
Cover by: Allan Linder
Colored by: Allan Linder
Price: $2.99

Rusty needles and chicken bones Issue #3
When Cole is finally released from the hospital, he discovers his apartment has been tossed, but oddly, nothing is missing. His partner, Agent Alicia Reece has a theory of why he tried to kill himself that involves his friend Tommy and his past lover Jasmine, but Cole is still in denial. Through a series of mysterious forensic clues, strange dreams and weird blackouts, Cole begins to assemble the pieces of a puzzle.

Buy now on comiXology!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Something new for 2015

Here is a new page I just finished painting for a project that I can't give too much info on yet. I have several comic book projects in the works and I'm making good progress, so the posts have been a little slower.

I thought I would post the black and white inked version of this page along with the digitally painted one just  so you can see the difference. I'll follow up with this project in a month or so, hopefully with more info and possibly it's own website.