This is my third in an on-going series of covers for the Phoenix New Times illustrating stories from the homicide reporter's beat. They're some of the most interesting pieces I get to do .
My initial rough sketch and inked drawing.
The final version. Regarding the surface treatments , and the tonal rendering , it's a bit of a departure for me.
Finished up this piece early , so I went back and started playing with some of the elements and came up with another version which was more graphic , and flat, with a tip of the hat to those 50's trashy crime novels. Enjoy!