The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey by Taschen Books

The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey by Taschen Books

 

Howdy Folks!

Well here it is.. Coming soon from Taschen Books is the epic book box set titled The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Written by Piers Bizony. This will be one gorgeous book collection and I cannot wait to see it in the flesh.

I was invited to paint the box artwork by Taschen based on the layout design by M/M Design of Paris. The idea was to capture some of the traditional look of illustration yet also have a clean simple design.

The image was painted in oils and scanned by the chaps at Cie-Elle Digital Imaging. I made all other adjustments digitally.

The black areas were easily cleaned up by re-painting them digitally. Stars were added on a separate layer digitally rather than me painting them in by flicking oil paint around with a tooth brush! We had some placement adjustments to make and a format change right at the end which necessitated some major digital work to the final image but all in all it came out pretty much as per the layout.

Before I got to the final large format painting, I did knock out a study of HAL’s red eye. I was hoping to go looser with the painting as can be seen with the study but the final version works as a clean design.

Many thanks to Taschen Books and M/M Paris for the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful project.

 

Enjoy!

Study of HAL 9000 eye.
Taschen Books, Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
54″ x 24″, Oil on Linen, Final Painting.
Taschen Books, Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
Final Artwork for the box set.

4 Responses to The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey by Taschen Books

  1. Hi Wayne. Looks tremendous, congratulations!!! Do you will be at the launch event in England?
    I can’t wait to hold my copy in hands… ;)

    • Thanks Miguel, Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the 17,000km journey this time around!! I wish! If you’re attending, have a great night.
      Can’t wait to get my own copy too.

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