Monday, July 30, 2012

Couple more covers for Moonstone Books

who know what lurks in the hearts of men,,,,

,,,the Spider knows.

Wait? what? Who?,,,,The Spider?

Yup, the Spider.  Never herd of him? Well as any pulp fiction fan knows,  he was created back in the 30's as competition to the Shadow. By day he was a millionaire playboy.  by night he donned his slouch hat, cape and vampire make up to strike fear in the hearts of criminals, sort of a mash up of The Batman and the The Shadow. Anyway, it was great to have the opportunity illustrate  another of Moonstone Books line up of  classic pulp characters.

   So what do you get when you mix a Kick ass tough sexy PI with a reluctant, slightly bumbling but dogged paranormal investigator?   If you guessed a heap of trouble, your right.  Here's my the cover for Moonstones Books unlikely duo of Kolchak: the Night Stalker and Honey West: PI

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Queen of the North Wind

I usually determine when a painting is done by the deadline the publisher has set. I will continually tinker with an image, making micro changes, adding a brush stroke here and there,  until the last minute. These are, for the most part, changes that no one would possible notice. Its endless, well that is until the deadline comes. This compulsion makes it almost impossible for me to ever finish a portfolio piece an image I'm doing for the fun of it. I have many images like this, completed but never finished. I hope you enjoy this work in progress

City of Demons

Here is the cover to 'City of Demons' a young adult novel written by Kevin Harkness and published by the upstart Tyche Books. The folks over a Tyche books are going gang busters, they just launched at the beginning of the year and they have already put out or announced the publication of 5 books (watch out Tor, these guys are hungry). I am honored to have done the cover for two of them and looking forward to doing many more. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Angel Eyes

With a post title like that you might be expecting more celestial  beings like the last post. But, not this time, this time Im stepping out of the box a bit. These are some of the concept images done for an action/drama short film about child trafficking currently entitled “Angel Eyes”. Now  in the early stages of pre-production. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

It the end of the world as we know it.....

 Here are couple images done for Richard Wright. I worked with him a few years ago doing illustrations for the Hiram Grange Chronicles and he approached me to do a Movie style poster to promote the release of his novel "Thy Fearful Symmetry, a full blown, fire and brimstone raining from the sky, rivers of blood filling the streets, the dead rising, heaven and hell, end of the world, block buster sort of thing. The Image to the left is what I came up with,,, I found myself humming REMs song, "Its the End of the World as We Know it" all the while I was working on it.

He is also wanted me to do the cover for a short story  he is releasing. The short story, "His Work to See"  was the genesis of the novel and he is giving it away free as a promotional thing, hopefully to be enjoyed in its own right, as well as driving people towards the novel (image below).

These were both great fun to do and Richard is the most gracious of clients.  On his blog he talks at length about his rational for spending the extra money to have a professional looking cover. As small and self publishers make up a fair portion of my clients I would urge them to read it. I would only add that in spite of what they say, the truth is people do judge a book by its cover. Every potential book purchaser will only give a book a second or two before moving on to the next book, so it should go without saying that your cover needs to really grab their attention, it needs to stand out against all the other books on the shelves. This is why the big publisher pay so much for their covers. It doesn't matter how brilliant your writing is, if the reader doesn't pick up  your book and read the back cover and instead grabs the book next yours where the publisher or writer spent a few extra dollars on the cover.