Tag: Book cover art

Troll Mountain Book Covers

Howdy Folks!

Momentum Books have launched Matthew Reilly’s latest novella, Troll Mountain. I painted three covers for three parts and recently finished the omnibus cover, which I’ve just updated below.

The cover painting for Book 1 also made it into this years Spectrum Annual, 21.



Pencil sketches for Troll Mountain covers
Pencil sketches.
Cover painting for Troll Mountain Book 1
Cover painting for Troll Mountain Book 2
Cover painting for Troll Mountain Book 3
Cover painting for Troll Mountain Omnibus edition.


And a couple of detail images..

Detail of painting for book 1
Detail of painting for book 2

Production Art Department (PAD)

Howdy folks,

Thought it was time to announce my involvement with a new Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Entertainment Design being run at North Sydney TAFE. We are calling it, the Production Art Department.

This is the second attempt at getting such a course off the ground that will allow us to teach Illustration the way it is meant to be delivered. It is biased toward film/games industries which means focusing on Concept Art but the core skills can be applied to Illustration for publishing for example.

I will be teaching the Light-Colour-Painting part of the course.

Feel free to drop me a line to discuss the course further. Enrollments will be open soon for a 2014 start. We will also be running a 3 week short course this month.

For further information, please visit the PAD website

Or register your interest here:



In the meantime, here are some sketches I’ve done recently for a book cover project… of which I also cannot talk about yet!



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.











..here 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!