About 2 years ago, my author friend John Fulton asked me collaborate with him on a self publishing project. He had written 8 short stories and needed some illustrations to go with them.
Now at the time John had just won an award for his writing and had had a book (The Wreck of the Argyll) published off the back of it so I was thrilled and honoured.
Having never tackled an art project of this magnitude before, I promised myself that I would treat this as a proper business venture, and be a real professional about it. Of course I promptly fell prey to a massive spell of procrastination. It took me around 8 months to complete the first illustration!
This is one of the reasons why, as I sit here typing this, I still can’t quite believe that our book is available for sale on Amazon at this very minute!
This project has been a fantastic learning experience for me, teaching me the importance of a defined workflow and of breaking work down into smaller and smaller chunks in order to beat procrastination.
I want to publicly thank John for his patience and hard work in writing the stories in the first place and in handling the Amazon side of things. John, it’s been an absolute pleasure mate!
If anyone buys this book – thank you and I hope you enjoy John’s stories as much as I did. There are some brilliant twists and turns.
Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Also on Kindle)
Amazon US (Also on Kindle)
This book cover piece is for a John Fulton short story called “The Bull In The Basement”.
For this one I experimented with a major change in my workflow, namely, I skipped the line drawing phase and went straight into painting shapes.
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This book cover is for a short story called The Whisperer by John Fulton.
I tweaked my illustration workflow again here by putting more energy into doing more studies. Each study focussing on one particular component of the illustration.
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Here’s another book cover for my author friend John K. Fulton. The title of this story is “Star Warrior II”.
For this piece, I wanted to make sure that I had a much stronger value contrast than in the last piece.
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This is another book cover for my project with John Fulton. John’s short story is called “The View From The Window”.
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Here’s another book cover for my project with John K. Fulton. The short story is called Holiday In Camulodunum:
Here’s my process:
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Here’s the internal greyscale illustration for John Fulton‘s short story “Cold Black Heart”:
This painting along with John’s evocative short story can be found in our book: Under the Mountain and Other Stories.
Here are some in process shots:
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I’ve just submitted the second piece for my collaboration with John Fulton. The front cover for his story “Cold Black Heart”.
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I’ve completed the Time For Tea cover for John Fulton and emailed it to him for approval. Hopefully the formatting etc … is correct.
This piece took me a lot longer than anticipated but has allowed me to cobble together the beginnings of a workflow.
Next will be a greyscale painting for the interior of the story.
Not being convinced about the composition, I’ve reworked this piece a bit by flipping it horizontally and also removing the teaspoon.
Also, the lighting is now darker and more yellow instead of orange.