asaf :: from the article : In 1959 the largest nuclear meltdown in american history occurred in Southern California. the radioactive waste from the meltdown has contaminated to ground where people live. this story was largely forgotten yet the people who live nearby are still getting sick from it. the lawsuits continue to this day.
from the brief : the perfect suburbia world with the hidden/forgotten nuclear waste in their backyard. we need to see some toxic creek or glowing ground near the perfect manicured lawns of the suburban homes.
I started off with thumbnail sketches, looking for that '50 horror comic book flare. since this is a cover illustration, I tried finding a simple composition that could express the idea right away.
from that, I went on and chose three of them, and made a more detailed version. since I'm all wacom these days, I couldn't resist the temptation of adding some color, shades, a small filter here and there, etc.
the AD chose to go with the one featuring a little girl and a monster. it was my favorite, and I started working on it immediately. I did the inking, and some flat coloring, and then the best part - doing the monster's weird skin texture. and here comes the real horror - suddenly, the AD asks me to go with a different option. there was a misunderstanding at the office. well, at least I got to do those bumps.
so I went on and finished this one.