Monday, 28 March 2011

Rawhead and the Wight

I saved these two for (almost) last because I'm very pleased with how they came out, despite some misgivings during the drawing process.  I'm particularly pleased with Rawhead, because I had to design him from scratch rather than relying on the mental image I had when I read the book as a teenager.  I originally confused him with another monster, Bloodybones, so I had to look up the description and follow it very carefully.

I used these for two of the postcards I made to take to the London Book Fair.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

The Cradlejack and The Door

Two more Alaizabel illustrations.  The Cradlejack is one of the extra ones I did to improve the page multiple.  The door looks like a massive cop-out, right?  It's honestly not, when you've read the whole chapter that it's meant to fit in then it should be creepy.

There's only 3 more of these to go!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Rooftop and The Wych-Dog

Two more illustrations for Alaizabel, both actually featuring the title character for once!  The wych-dog wasn't originally in my planned set, but I included to extra ones because I wanted a better multiple for printing.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

The Hallow-Ghoul and The Gathering

I occurred to me that it might be a good idea to post more than one of these at once.  I like having a buffer of images so updates don't tail off if I'm too busy to scan things, but I'm making postcards and building a portfolio for the London Book Fair, so I don't think I'll be running out of scanned pictures soon.

Anyway, these are obviously still from Alaizabel.  The Hallow-Ghoul protects an old church and believes itself to still be alive.  The Gathering shows some members of the secret society that serves as the book's collective antagonist.

The church the Hallow-Ghoul is wandering is heavily based on my own church at home, if you're curious.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Ceremony

This is from the penultimate chapter, and shows Thatch possessing the unfortunate Chastity Blaine, rather than Alaizabel.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Bone City

This is one of my personal favourites from my Alaizabel project, it's a vision Thaniel has of the future if they don't stop the plans of a secret society.

Friday, 4 March 2011

The Night Mare

Another Alaizabel illustration, this one is one of my personal favourites now that most of them are done. I do worry I may have made it a little too scary for a teen fiction novel, but Alaizabel is a horror story...

This took me 4 episodes of Criminal Minds and constant access to tea to complete.  Cross-hatching is a cruel mistress.