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!

2 comments

  1. Ray Lederer says:

    Neat! I think you should go for the stealth plane anyway…:) I do have once crit though. You should ‘stealth-ify’ the engine nacelles which is what gives off the largest radar/heat signature. Good fun all around and great work. Thanks for twittering me:) -Ray

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