Monday, December 10, 2007

Cover Illustration for Gist Hunter

Matthew Hughes, the author of Gist Hunter, is a truly original author. He's a creative contrarian who knows how to outmaneuver a reader's expectation. "Working against expectation" is what I had in mind when I accepted this commision from Night Shade Books a few years ago. I wanted to present an exotic cityscape . . . but in a style different than Tom Kidd's, whose artwork is more firmly associated with Matt's books. So my cityscape is a single color--an oxidized green, because Tom generally works in full color. Tom's futuramas are somewhat photographic, so my imagery referred to delirium. When my artwork was shown to Matt Hughes I told him that I was the "anti-Kidd."

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