Month: April 2009

7 Ancient Wonders – Alternative Cover Art

Hi there fellow travellers..

Came across this image while I was backing up files and thought it might be of interest and something a bit different from what I’ve been posting recently.

A STEALTH JUMBO JET!! This was one possible alternative for the cover of Matthew Reilly’s 7 Ancient Wonders action/suspense novel. It was decided that images of military hardware just wouldn’t appeal to female readers and thus they woudn’t pick it up off the shelf.. I wondered how the female readers would feel about the novel once they got into it and discovered it was full of military hardware and related action anyway. Then my mum suggested I read this book called Ice Station as she enjoyed it and thought I might too… Ice Station is a Matt Reilly book! (which I have also illustrated).. So that answered that!

This isn’t the full cover because it was abandoned before the it was finished. It was meant to depict the scene in the book where this Jumbo was ‘hovering’ above the great pyramid at Giza with choppers flying about shooting at it etc etc.. I’ve attached the final artwork as comparison.

Lots of fun!

New Landscape study..

Howdy Folks.. here is another landscape study of the Kiewa Valley in Victoria. The lighting is a bit flatter than I usually like, but it had a hazy quality which I liked. Dont think I captured it here though. Anyway we keep going… “We have to go on… We must go on..”  10 points to those who can guess which movie that line is from!

Is anyone else using wordpress.com having issues with uploading/displaying images? If I upload 2 or more images, or ‘gallery’, I get the option of displaying thumbnails which can then be opened up into full res images, (the size that I save the images in the first place. In my case 1024 pixels). If I upload only one image, I have no choice but to ‘insert’ that image into the page and you get a 510 pixel res image (as below), with no way of being able to open it up to full res.

Am I missing a button somewhere?

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