Scarecrow: Army of Thieves, Cover Art

Scarecrow Army of Thieves Cover Art.

Howdy all!

Looks like I’m able to post this earlier than I thought as Pan Macmillan Australia has already let the cat out of the bag! For all you Matt Reilly fans, here is the cover artwork for his latest Scarecrow novel..

This is an early unfinished oil painting study I started before we changed the composition to include the island.






..and here is a digital version of the above, cover section only. The Osprey was a 3D rendered model btw.







 is the final oil painting for the full wrap around cover. It was painted at 42″ x 20″ (106cm x 51cm). Matthew himself is now the proud owner of the original painting too. You will have to send me a pic of it on your wall Matt! I’ll be selling giclée’s of this painting, so if anyone wants one, just let me know. The original painting was scanned by my good mates at Cie-Elle Digital Imaging which allows for near perfect reproduction. I added a few small digital touches before sending it off to XOU Creative here in Sydney. Thanks for all your help Jon!






Here is a detail of the above painting..







..and here is the final cover with type!











Many thanks to Matt and Cate at Pan Macmillan Australia yet again. I can’t wait for the next one!


  1. Ankaris says:

    Thanks Domenico! I bet you’d still be a great artist yourself if you put your mind to it. The funny thing is, I took up photography when I was younger because I was intimidated by other guys that could draw and paint! Then years later I thought, ah who cares, I’m going to do it anyway.

    I’d love to be able to write like you however!! 😉

  2. Amazing art work! You are a master of the craft, Wayne. Can’t believe how versatile you are in painting landscapes to your magnificent portrait work. Love your photography as well. When I was a child I used to spend hours drawing and painting, but when I grew older I gave it up once I took a good look at the competition. You have a skill I highly admire. With magic (a fan) Domenico : )

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