This post is about how I developed the cover for Court/Ship.
Fred Hicks had the idea for the Court/Ship cover – a face, half alien and half human. Covers are important, so this was the most time consuming part of the photoshoot – the makeup itself took about four hours, and the editing afterwards took an hour to complete.
After I cleaned up the image, adding extra curls to the hair, putting in some special effects and enhancing the makeup, the image looked like this:
Court/Ship is going to be published in black and white, so I converted the image to black and white and made some adjustments. Some people think that converting to black and white means just desaturating an image – and you can certainly do that, but I have some techniques that make a black and white image pop a bit more than if I used just a simple conversion.
I could have stopped there, but I started thinking about the movie “Funny Face”. There is an image from that movie of Audry Hepburn, where he face is changed to black and white and sort of blown out, so that only her eyes, nose and mouth are visible. I decided to try that with this image.
Above is the final image, the full conversion. I think I like the “halfway” point better, but there is something truly alien about this final, stark image that is very striking.
Do you have a preference? Which is your favorite?