Hello my friends. It has been a very busy, and emotional time since I last blogged. I'll try to get you filled in on things. First off, before I forget, here is a link to some pic's Cheryl took of me today. Funny stuff.
Posted above are the last 2 paintings for "Darc Karnivale" and it goes to press come tomorrow. The one with the house was a re-do of "One for the Road" by the awesome Paul Kane, and the one above that is for "Playtime" by Marie O"Regan.
The reason I redid Paul's illustration was the first one, I just didn't do well at getting the point across. The story is about the "4 Horsemen" getting together for a few drinks before the world ends. It is a Awesome story, but I just couldn't figure out how to get all 4 of the horsemen into the pic, without losing most of the detail that you need to see who each of them are. So after talking with Paul about it, he suggested this idea, and I loved it and went for it.
Marie's was a re-do as well for different reasons. The first version of her painting is much more darker and eerie. Marie felt that the picture needed to be toned down. Her point was that if you saw this little girl (the original one) on a playground, you would run like hell. I needed to make her more approachable so other children would trust her. It is a very scary story, don't let the picture fool you, but in the story, that is what happens. You meet this little girl, start playing with her and....... You'll have to buy the book to find out, but it will scare the hell out of you.
I know that some of you might not realise how important this book is to me personally, but think about this, There are 16 short stories written by the very best horror writers in the world, and I was chosen to do the illustrations and cover for the book. This is huge to me, a dream come true.
Well folks, I was going to try to write more, but I am just plain out tired and I need a night off. Peace and Blessings.