It’s been a while since I’ve posted more of the remarques I’ve done, so here’s some from this year.
First, a few large ones…
The Dresden Files:
Here’s some small ones:
And finally here’s a couple of extra large remarques that go over onto the top edge of the book.
Today I’m launching a sale on all limited edition prints. From now until December 31st there will be 25% off the price of limited edition prints, so each print will be reduced from £90 to £67.50 (not including shipping).
Furthermore, the image I did for the wraparound dust jacket for the limited edition of The Shining is now also available as a limited edition print.
To see which images are available as limited edition prints, and to find out more about the prints themselves and get details of shipping costs, head over to the Prints page. To place an order please email email@example.com.
Here’s another image I did back in 2012. This one’s for a YA dark fantasy novel by Weston Ochse and Yvonne Navarro. Ghost Heart is out now through Dark Regions Press.
This is a piece I did back in 2012 for the cover of the wonderfully weird novel, John Dies at the End by David Wong. It is now scheduled for publication later this year by Cemetery Dance. You can find out more information and preorder here.
This is my cover art for the limited edition of Messenger’s Legacy by Peter V. Brett, a novella set in the world of the Demon Cycle series. The trade edition has a different cover by Lauren K. Cannon, who has also provided some full-page black and white interior illustrations. You can see her cover and some of the interiors over at the Subterranean Press product page.
When Subterranean Press came to me with this commission they already had the specific scene in mind that they wanted me to illustrate and provided me with the passage and some reference material, whilst Peter sent some further descriptions of the characters.
Here’s my front and back cover artwork for the novella, My Name is Mary Sutherland by Kate Farrell, which was launched recently at FantasyCon as part of the PS Publishing launch.
Kate and I bounced various ideas back and forth for the cover. The final idea we settled on for the front cover was something Kate came up with and was inspired by a short film script she wrote a while back of this story, in which the opening titles show Mary writing her name in her breath on a mirror (which is actually a two-way mirror in an interview room) and then in the final credits it cuts back to the mirror and the letters have run. I thought that this would make for a cool cover image and liked how the title would be completely incorporated into the artwork this way. Furthermore, as it was going to be a wraparound cover I realized that this idea was perfect to do something interesting with for the back cover, and suggested that the image on the back should be of the other side of the mirror where a couple of shadowy figures are observing Mary. So in effect, it’s as though we’re looking through the book.
Below is the endpaper art. I had the idea early on of using scrabble tiles (you’ll have to read the novella to see how this links in to the story!) either spelling out various keywords relating to the story or words that the main character Mary ‘collects’ as her hobby. Kate loved the idea of the scrabble tiles, and later on suggested spelling out the characters’ names rather than various words. I also had the idea of adding a few blood stains on some of the tiles to give it more of an ominous feel and it was actually Nicky Crowther’s (from PS Publishing) suggestion to just have the blood stains in colour and the rest of the image in black and white.
As you can see it was a very collaborative process and it was a pleasure working with both Kate and Nicky on this.
You can see all the rough sketches I did for this project over at Lilja’s Library here.
This is the cover art for the Polish edition of Stephen King’s latest novel, Revival, which will be out later this year.
I actually ended up doing two completely different images for this cover. When doing the covers of King’s new novels for Prószyński, they have to keep the manuscript under wraps and they are not able to send me the book to read in advance. Instead they send me a synopsis and a list of recurring motifs and possible imagery that may be suitable for the cover art, for me to work from. So I have to very much rely on the editor’s guidance when coming up with ideas for the cover. For this book, out of the things they originally suggested, I thought the image of the minister character with lightning in the background, could make for a good cover image. The editor agreed and my roughs for this idea were approved and I went ahead with the final art. The publisher approved the finished image but when they sent it to King’s agent for approval, unfortunately he had a problem with using the minister on the cover – one of his reasons being that he thought it might be misleading in how it represents this character, which evolves through the story. Although the publisher disagreed with this judgement we had to come up with another image for the cover.
The editor next suggested doing something which was more of a landscape piece (that would still be dark and atmospheric) rather than something character focused. At first she suggested having a church as the central focal point in the landscape. However, after doing the sketch the publisher had another meeting and the sales department rejected the ‘church idea’ as they thought it may be problematic in their Catholic country. So the editor came back with another suggestion of depicting the iron pole on top of a granite outcrop, being struck by lightning, which appears in the novel. There was some discussion as to whether we should have just the pole itself, or add a small shadowy figure with arms raised next to the pole as well, or even, having the figure but no pole. I created the image with both the pole and figure but also prepared a version with only the pole for them to send to the agent for approval. Luckily this time the agent approved the version with both the pole and figure straight away.
Here’s the original image I created of the minister.
And here’s a couple of earlier alternative versions of this image I’d also tried before we changed direction completely.
I will be at the launch of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories which takes place at 12 noon this Saturday at FantasyCon 2014 at the Royal York Hotel in York. About half of the contributors will be present for the signing so if you’re attending FantasyCon, do pop along!
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories is published by Spectral Press and is edited by Mark Morris.