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August 12, 2013

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Here’s my cover artwork for Transfigurations by Michael Bishop.  The brief for this one was to do something in the style of Escher’s tessellation images (below are some examples), so it was a little different from what I usually do and a challenge to translate that concept to my style.

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The idea from the editor and designer was to depict ape-like aliens changing into humans.  I also had the idea of ‘evolving’ the complexity of the images from simple line and flat colour to more complex lines and tonal colour whilst also changing them from ape-like alien to human.

I was a fan of Escher’s work so I was familiar with his tessellation images but had never tried to do anything like it before, so it was definitely a challenge and it was tricky at first to work out a shape that would tile and fit together correctly, and within which I could morph the human to the alien.  Luckily, I found some websites with some tips on how to go about creating your own tessellation images, which were a great help.  Having done a simple one of these myself now, I’m even more amazed and in awe of Escher’s complex tessellations!


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  1. November 25, 2013 15:49

    Dear Vincent (if I may),
    My name is Michael Bishop, and you did the cover for the recent SF Masterworks edition of my novel TRANSFIGURATIONS. All I can say is that I am tremendously pleased, and indeed honored, by the work you’ve done. I offer my wholehearted thanks and ask you to forgive me for not getting back to you before now with this expression of my gratitude.

    • November 26, 2013 21:04

      Hi Mike. Thank you very much your kind comments. I’m so glad to hear that you’re happy with my cover art for TRANSFIGURATIONS. I really enjoyed working on this cover!

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