The most important part of the book is—

cover art for the gay erotic adventure Chasing the Flame, featuring sexy himbos kissing, ready to fight, against a deep space background and the ghostly presence of a watching figure

The cover, of course! I would never be offended to hear “I bought your book for the cover.”

I gained a new appreciation and love for the power of covers from reading the first two books in the Sex and Horror series by Mark Alfrey. While not my preferred flavor of cheesecake, I can’t help but love, love, love the balls-to-the-wall ferocity of these covers. While the more uptight might quiver at the abundance of gratuitous wardrobe malfunctions, I find it exhilarating and fully intend to engage in the same level of enthusiasm for the very special books that scream out for this kind of cover.

It was with these images, and intention, in mind that I set about finally creating the cover to Chasing the Flame. The book absolutely merits the full pulp treatment.

For the process geeks out there, here’s a slideshow illustrating the stages of creation this little bon-bon underwent in coming to you. We have some reference photos composited to give me a layout, then the line art, then studies to get color and value right, and finally the work itself in stages.

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Published by Edward Ficklin

Edward Ficklin (he/him), maverick artist not afraid to say gay, is a self-taught painter, writer, publisher and sometimes technologist. He creates sensuous and erotically-tinged queer surrealist art, publishes queer-centered sci-fi comix, and pontificates regularly on a range of topics in his Queer Quantum Dispatch newsletter.