Friday, 19 March 2010


Here's my cover art for Uncle Silas: Genetis.
After several uninspiring sketches where the action was too far away to be of any good, I finally came to the idea of having one of the kids stepping forward toward the viewer- better connection with the reader, and we get to see some sweat beads! Also uses the trick of placing us firmly in the forest growth as well- you can almost feel the leaves and plants brushing against you, the soft earth beneath your feet, smell the dank wood and foliage and feel the humidity... (well, hopefully!)
The title design is being taken care of by Dark Horse, and they're going by my idea here, which was modeled after their initial concept (bit of to-ing and fro-ing of ideas is always good). Hopefully they make my scribble look better than what you see here!

Now, THIS image would make a great postcard and poster....

Tuesday, 16 March 2010


It's official, I've finally finished all 126 pages of Uncle Silas: Genetis.
I sent all the primed and prepped artwork to Dark Horse last night/early this morning so it's all in their hands now.
Hopefully I didn't make any serious stuff ups!!

I did a vague tally and it's taken me well over 1000 hours of my life to do it. Possibly into the 1200s if you think about the early incarnations and scribbley ideas and notes and character sketches etc... maybe more, I don't know. This has been brewing since 2002 after all.

Can't wait to see the finished product!! I'll see if I can post the cover artwork up here or not...

What now? Well, I'll be enjoying my weekends again, that's for sure!! No longer will I be slaving and toiling away while others cavort and play in the sun. I'll be catching up on sleep, that's a certainty.

....though maybe I should start plotting out book 2... the first one does end on a cliff hanger after all....