Sketches 004 to 006 now up for your viewing pleasure.
ps. By the way, I have started a BigCartel site to handle all of my SciFi art sales. Everything is now in the one place which has streamlined the process. It means I can update print products quickly without having to add html code to this site and BigCartel takes care of shopping carts for multiple purchases.
Long time no blog.. I was a bit worn out after Illuxcon and the holiday period. I’ve also been ramping up for my second year of teaching at PAD which has involved a bit of re-engineering of the course as we strive for better delivery.
I have however been active illustrating for UK’s oldest SF magazine, Interzone. This time it was an honour to illustrate a short story by Alastair Reynolds called, A Murmuration.
This was done entirely in ink with pen and brush. I did of course use Photoshop for some clean up.
Two illustrations for IZ magazine to share this time, the cover and one interior painting.
The interior painting is for a wonderful story titled, Diving into the Wreck by Val Nolan. The design of the ship is a direct homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey. I was painting the box art for Taschen’s upcoming box set of the Making of 2001, (more about that next post), so it was foremost on my mind and seemed to fit perfectly to this story. Incidentally, the artwork on the Taschen 2001 box as shown on their website is not the final artwork, they seem to be using an early digital mock up for the time being.
The cover painting for IZ #252 was serving double duty in that it had to work as a cover painting and work as a study for an upcoming large format Ankaris project painting that I will show at Illuxcon later this year. I did the same with IZ #251 cover as well.