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  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
What's Up with these Odd Covers?

By Brad W. Foster

After doing the six-covers-make-one-big-image series for the Progress Reports for LoneStarCon 2 back in 1995-1997, I always thought it would be fun to try another such large-scale project, though in a different way. So, when the folks behind LoneStarCon 3 said they were up to allowing me to play with all the covers once more (though only four of them would be available this time), I wanted to use this to add in a few new ideas.

The image is broken into four equal sections; PR#1 in the lower left section. The background of the image toward the right of the cover shows the simple rough pencil sketchiness of how my drawings start out. As your eye moves to the left and up, the background pencils get tighter and more controlled, the next phase of working on a drawing.

The cover for PR#2 is the upper left of the full image. Here the background shows the next stage of the drawing process, where I have now gone back over my pencils and redrawn everything once more, this time in tight ink lines, then erased and cleaned up all the pencils that remain. I think of this as the “coloring book” page, as everything is now finished in simple outline.

The cover for PR#3 moves to the upper right of the full image, and here I will start to drop in shadows and shade, where I move from the flat “coloring book” look to moving different levels away from each other.

The final cover for PR#4 will complete the progress of the art, and all the details will be executed at this point to finish the image, either in b&w ink or digital color, depending on where I would like the image to go. (At the writing of this short text, I am not totally sure which direction I will take the piece for the final cover!)

Each cover is also designed to have a few foreground elements to stand out from the background changes, completely finished using digital airbrush, which I think also makes for a nice “pop” look to the art. Once you have all four of the Progress Reports, set them side-by-side to form the complete full image, and you can then follow the progress of one drawing, within the drawing itself.

By the way, special note should go to cover designer Bill Child for taking my weird little idea here and making it all work with his layouts and color choices. I look forward as much as anyone else to seeing how each cover finally ends up!