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Lilja’s Library Marv’s Store

May 16, 2016

storbanner3Stephen King fansite, Lilja’s Library, has just opened it’s very own Zazzle store with various items available to buy, including t-shirts, mugs, iPad sleeves, iPhone cases and much more, all featuring the website’s very own mascot, Marv.

Marv was created back in 2006 by Glen Chadbourne for the new design of the site, and since then, has also graced the cover of the Lilja’s Library book.

I recently did my own version of Marv which is the version you’ll find on the products in Marv’s Store.  Go check out what’s available, and if there are any other products you’d like to see with Marv on, you can get in touch with Lilja himself.

 UPDATE: A second Marv store is now open over at CafePress with some items available that are different to those on offer at the Zazzle store.

The Lie Tree

May 10, 2016

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Here’s my cover art for the US edition of Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree.

I also did the cover art for the US edition of her previous book, The Cuckoo Song (which you can see here), and although this isn’t a sequel to it, the publisher wanted to keep the design of this one similar.  Art director Maria Middleton, suggested a few initial ideas: a big scary-looking tree, perhaps with swirls of lies around it; a piece of fruit, maybe an apple, with a bite taken out of it; a rotten fruit with lies scratched into the side of it.  With that as a starting point I played around with some rough sketches.

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lie tree roughs 3They liked sketches 1D, 2A and 1B and it was strongly felt that there should be some tree element in the composition, so it was suggested that we could try combining compositions 1D and 2A.

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Sketch A was chosen for the final composition.  Originally the apple was just red, but to push it further from the Twilight book cover image it was decided to add a little bit of green into it.  Here’s the original and another version with more green in it.

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The Lie Tree is out now and the US edition is published by Amulet Books.

Concept Art for Revival Movie Adaptation

April 28, 2016

I’ve been working with writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) on some concept art for his adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Revival.  Josh, a long-time Stephen King fan, has also been working on an adaptation of King’s The Stand, as well as an adaptation of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and X-Men: The New Mutants.  They are casting now for Revival and the movie should be shooting later this summer.

Here is one of the images I’ve done:


And here are some rough sketches trying different camera angles:

ant cake roughs

Good Girls Dustjacket Art Preview

April 12, 2016

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Earthling Publications’ edition of Good Girls, Glen Hirshberg’s follow-up to Motherless Child, will be up for preorders tomorrow.  Here’s a preview of my wraparound artwork for the dustjacket, and below are some sketches showing the progression of the art.

good girls rough

Both Glen and the publisher thought the pose of the character might be a touch too menacing and thought perhaps her facial and arm expression could be toned down, so I tried a number of alternative poses.

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Both liked pose D with the minor adjustment of making her fingers less ‘vampire-esque’, so I tweaked it and added it to the main sketch to see how it would work within the whole image.

good girls rough_2

Remember to head over to the Earthling Publications website tomorrow for more information on the book and to make preorders!

White Night Interior Art

March 24, 2016

The Subterranean Press edition of White Night (the ninth book in Jim Buthcher’s Dresden Files series) is now out.  Check out my interior illustrations for it below.

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white night_thomas vs the skavis

white night_elaine

white night_super ghoul

Dark Regions Press Prints

March 16, 2016

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Dark Regions Press have started selling prints in their online shop of some of the artwork created for their books.  Amongst those available are my cover illustrations for World War Cthulhu and New Moon on the Water.  More of the images I’ve done for Dark Regions Press may be made available as prints through their online shop in the future.  A number of the interior illustrations for World War Cthulhu by Edward M. Erdelac are also available right now.  You can check out the full range of their prints here.

Storm Front Remarques

March 8, 2016

As I’ve been posting some reamarques recently, here are some more I did last year.  The client sent me his copy of Storm Front and wanted me to do a whole bunch of remarques throughout the book.  Here’s a selection of some of the remarques I did for it, including a double-page spread of a line-up of various characters that appear in the Dresden Files series.

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Storm Front – Murphy remarqueStorm Front – Corpses remarque

Storm Front – Toot-Toot remarque

Storm Front – Morgan remarque

Storm Front – Toad Demon remarque

Storm Front – Victor Sells remarque

Storm Front – Harry hanging onto balcony  remarque

‘Joint’ Remarques

February 19, 2016

It’s been ages since I posted any so I think it’s time for some more remarques.  Last year I had a special request to do some ‘joint’ remarques; the client had copies of the four Subterranean Press editions of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War books (Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony and Zoe’s Tale), and not only wanted them all remarqued, but was wondering if it was possible to do each one in such a way that all four remarques could be put together side by side to form a giant image. It was a fun challenge to work out how to do this so that each image would work on its own as well as part of a larger image too!

old mans war remarques

In addition, he also had copies of The Shining and Doctor Sleep he wanted doing in a similar way.  For these, rather than a continuous image as such I had the idea of doing a ‘mirrored’ composition.

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Freedom of the Mask

February 3, 2016

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Here is the cover design for the latest installment of Robert McCammon’s Matthew Corbett series coming from Subterranean Press.  Freedom of the Mask will be published in May and will be available in trade, limited and lettered editions; the limited edition contains an exclusive bonus novella The House at the Edge of the World and artwork not included in the trade edition.  I did a number of B&W and colour illustrations for the main novel and bonus novella which I’ll post here after the book has been released.

11.22.63 Podcast

January 27, 2016

112263artwork300Golden Spiral Media have just launched their new podcast 11.22.63 A Look Back, which will discuss the forthcoming original Hulu show produced by JJ Abrams and starring James Franco, based on Stephen King’s novel 11.22.63.

The podcast promo and intro episode are up already and can be listened to at their website or on iTunes and Stitcher.

I was thrilled when they asked to use one of the alternative colour versions of the artwork I’d done for the Polish edition of 11.22.63 for their podcast album art.

Besides 11.22.63, Golden Spiral Media also do podcasts on other shows such as Doctor Who, Person of Interest, Sleepy Hollow and many more, so be sure to check them out!


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