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Fly By Night

September 21, 2016

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Here is the cover art for children’s fantasy novel Fly By Night.  This edition will be published by Amulet Books in March next year.

This is the third Frances Hardinge book I’ve done the cover for, after Cuckoo Song and The Lie Tree.  The Publisher wanted to keep to a similar design approach to those two covers, but this time wanted a lighter coloured background instead of solid black.  We tried a solid colour first of all but it felt too flat so I then added some subtle background texture.

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Here are some texture and colour variations I tried.

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And here are some alternative ideas I proposed.  The designer’s original suggestion was to feature an open book with ruffled pages that transformed into the silhouette of a goose flying away, similar to an M. C. Escher image.

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Cemetery Dance Magazine The Fireman Cover

September 12, 2016

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Here’s my cover art for the latest issue of Cemetery Dance magazine which is a Joe Hill special double issue.  The cover art was inspired by Joe Hill’s new novel The Fireman, which is reviewed in this issue.  Besides this feature review there’s a modified excerpt of the novel, a never-before-published novella by Joe Hill and an interview with the author conducted by Bev Vincent, as well as the usual fiction, artwork and features.  This double issue will be Cemetery Dance’s first ever oversized trade paperback version of the magazine (also available as a signed limited edition hardcover)and their first double issue since #17/18.

The Last Days of New Paris

September 2, 2016

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Here’s some more China Miéville artwork, this time for his forthcoming book The Last Days of New Paris, which will be published in January 2017 by Subterranean Press.  The story is set in an alternate 1940s/50s Nazi-occupied Paris, in which the city is haunted by works of Surrealist art that have manifested in to real life and are roaming the streets.  So there was a lot of interesting imagery for me to play with for the illustrations for this book!  I’ve also done three interiors illustrations which I’ll post at a later date.  The book is available for preorder now.

I originally had another idea for the cover as you can see in this sketch.

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But as the US trade hardcover edition from another publisher also featured the Eiffel tower and a sepia toned treatment for the image, it was thought that this might be too close to that and we decided to go in another direction instead.

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Dark Regions Press Indiegogo Campaign

August 25, 2016

return-of-the-old-onesDark Regions Press have launched their latest Indiegogo campaign for three new upcoming books of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and weird fiction.  These three anthology titles are: You Human, Return of the Old Ones and The Children of Gla’aki.

Each book is available in ebook, trade paperback and signed limited edition hardcover formats.  There’s a range of backing options available to suit your budget, from just buying the books to campaign-exclusive bundles, custom short stories and artwork, editing packages and more.  There’s also stretch goals that can be unlocked which will add colour illustrations to the books.

You can find out more about these books and support the campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/three-new-books-from-dark-regions-press#.

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This Census-Taker Interior Art

August 18, 2016

Subterranean Press’ limited edition of China Miéville’s This Census-Taker is now out.  Here are my four interior pieces for it.

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Another Piece of Concept Art for the Revival Movie

August 2, 2016

Director Josh Boone has revealed another piece of concept art I did for the Revival movie adaptation to Lilja’s Library.  You can see the other image that’s already been revealed here.

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Six Scary Stories EBook Edition

July 19, 2016

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…and here’s the cover for the UK eBook edition of Six Scary Stories, published by Hodder & Stoughton, which will be out on August 25th.  It’s interesting to see how they’ve adapted my original artwork to fit their design.

Six Scary Stories

July 13, 2016

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This is the cover art for Six Scary Stories, a collection featuring six stories that were selected by Stephen King from a competition run by Hodder & Stoughton and the Guardian to celebrate the publication of his own The Bazaar of Bad Dreams collection.  He was so impressed by the quality of these stories that he recommended that they be published together as a book.

The idea for the cover art came from King himself and is inspired from the winning story Wild Swimming by Elodie Harper.

The book will be available in trade hardcover and trade paperback editions from Cemetery Dance on October 31st.  Hodder & Stoughton will also be publishing the collection as an ebook on August 25th in the UK and Commonwealth.

Freedom of the Mask Unused Idea

July 4, 2016

Here is a sketch intended for one of the Freedom of the Mask b&w interiors.  It was unused in the end as the publisher thought it was best not to depict any scenes of torture in the illustrations so I chose an alternative scene to illustrate.

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Freedom of the Mask Interior Art

June 27, 2016

freedom of the mask_designFreedom of the Mask, the latest installment in Robert McCammon’s Matthew Corbett adventures is now out from Subterranean Press.

The book is available in a number of editions: trade, limited and lettered.  In addition, there is a signed trade edition of which there are only 1000 copies.  The limited and lettered editions include an exclusive bonus novella, The House at the Edge of the World, as well as some interior art and endpaper art that isn’t in the trade edition.

 

Here are the b&w interiors I did to accompany the main novel.

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This is the colour interior that’s exclusive to the limited/lettered edition.

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These are the illustrations that accompany the bonus novella in the limited/lettered edition.

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And finally, here’s the endpaper art in the limited/lettered edition.

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