Daytona: The progset comes with the track, so a big whoop-de-do on that, as far as 'newness' is concerned. Comes with 2 covers. The second one is a cleaned-up/recreated version of the real-life cover. The other one is a bit of original paintwork. Did it in Painter - it's a chalk/charcoal thing done on a 50% gray background -- then the whole thing was brought over to Photoshop for colorization and text work. There's a MegaPoster available, if you're into that sort of thing.
Donington 1937: A cleanup job of a real-life scan. And it comes with the track already, so you know, whatever.
Tronaasen: Hey look, it's the new thing! Another in the long line of obsessive/compulsive tree-drawing covers. Stupid trees. Why can't we have more GPL tracks set in featureless deserts?
Anyway - this one is sort of a mixed-media piece. Or would have been, if I didn't work entirely digital. The process was slightly complicated, and used every tool in my kit (all 3 of them). Started by putting together a quick photo composite using a screengrab from the track and some tree photos I have. Took it over to Illustrator and drew vector masks for the car, which I broght into Painter to use in with its airbrush.
The rest of the scene was drawn in Painter, using a couple of Gouache brushes. The 'TRONAASEN' text was done in Illustrator, to take advantage of its superior outlining abilities. (To wit: you can put a fat black stroke on something pointy, such as an 'A', and the black stroke will also have a point. Outlining strokes in Photoshop always get rounded off... for excellent reasons, but it's still cheesy-looking.)
And then the whole thing was brought to Photoshop for color tweaking, etc.
I'm thrilled with it -- it'll be going up on my wall shortly. There's a MegaPoster, naturally. Here's a link to the 3x one.
Edited by John Bradley, Oct 04 2010 - 05:09 AM.