The cover painting for Book 1 also made it into this years Spectrum Annual, 21.
And a couple of detail images..
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!
I’d like to share my new illustration for the Interzone magazine story, The Machinehouse Worker’s Song by Steven J Dines. I thoroughly recommend getting your hands on this magazine for some excellent SF stories. Steve’s story and my artwork will be out in issue 246.
Many thanks to Andy Cox of TTA Press for the opportunity to paint for such a great publication.
The original painting is 18″ x 13″, oil on Canson paper.
Here is a preview of the page and the beginning of Steve’s story. Enjoy!
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!