Tuesday, February 25, 2014

GAME OF THRONES Cover: B&W Pencil !

  This is the final pencil version, before color. 
  I show here the two stages of construction and completion of the cover.

  As you can see, compared to the preliminary sketches, I have greatly improved the position and gesture of Jaime Lannister

  As I explained in the previous post, the color will my colorist Nuria Sayago, also is a big fan of "Game of Thrones".

  This cover is part of GAME OF THRONES Hardcover Collection of my Dutch publishers Dark Dragon Books.

   You're going to see the color very soon!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

GAME OF THRONES Cover : Roughs !

          Here I present the Step by Step of the preliminary drawings for the cover I'm doing for GAME OF THRONES Hardcover Collection of my Dutch publishers Dark Dragon Books

          I have chosen Jaime Lannister as the protagonist of my cover, because it's one of my favorite characters from GoT.

          Here you can follow step by step of the pencil drawing sketches in this set where I play with the symmetry of the Lannister lions on either side of the central image (Jaime).

           STEP 1: We will put everything in place and draw the lion's head in the center of the stone wall.

                                  STEP 2: I work on Jaime Lannister with a hard lead pencil.

                                                  STEP 3: ... and the two lions !

                                            STEP 4: Pencil sketch finished... mmmhhh....

            STEP 5: I add these touches in red, so that the colorist can understand that the image is going to be bloody (as it should!).

    STEP 6: Finally. I think I'll change the figure of Jaime Lannister by this one that I think will give the character a more arrogant air.

    I'll integrate this second drawing in the final composition for the cover, which you will see in an upcoming post.
                                 Nuria Sayago will take care of the color.

   DARK DRAGON BOOKS A GAME OF THRONES HARDCOVER COLLECTION --->           http://www.darkdragonbooks.com/c-1996394/game-of-thrones/

Sunday, February 2, 2014


                              THE BEST OF MIKE RATERA

        Art: Mike Ratera
        Color: Cris Ortega (cover) - Nuria Sayago - Max - Yuri Shepherd
        Model: Seffana
        Publisher: Dark Dragon Books

           My first Artbook, where a large part of my work as an illustrator meets in recent years, especially the drawings and illustrations made ​​with my Muse the model Seffana, Fantasy & Erotic Art, and a lot of unpublished material.
           64 pages. Hardcover.
           The book is in English and will be distributed in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany & US.

            Appearance: March 2014

             More about this book:

             Here are some previews of the pages of this book.



              Script:  JEAN-MARC LOFFICIER
              Art:  MIKE RATERA
              Color:  PERU BROS (2003) & NURIA SAYAGO (2014)
              Publisher:  DARK DRAGON BOOKS

              Dutch edition of my first French album "King Kabur" (2003).
              64 pages Extended Version (instead of the original 46 pages).
              10 pages extra + Sketchbook.

              Appearance: March 2014

               More about this book:

              Here some previews for this 2014 edition: some of the extra pages and a part of the Sketchbook included at the end of the book.