Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Will Gallows & the Snake-Bellied Troll

Ooops! I missed this one! 'Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll' by Derek Keilty was published on 3rd February by Anderson Press.

There's a cover by me, with black and white interior illustrations too. There are quite a few full-page illustrations, plus a bunch of vignettes. The author also added a few smaller illustrations of his own.

Here's the artwork for the cover...


Some of the interior illustrations were sketched out on paper, some were sketched directly in Photoshop CS5. And I did some character sketches early on in the process, one of which made it as a vignette in the book, the not-so-pleasant Sherifff Slugmarsh. Here's the original pencil sketch...


And the 'inked' in CS5 version...

3 comments:

Ramón said...

Wonderful work Jonny, it reminds me a bit of Lucky Luke. Congratulations, cover art is not an easy task sometimes :).

Charles Eubanks said...

Wow, brilliant work! Any chance this book will be released in the US?

By the way, thanks for posting that note on my son's blog awhile back. It blew his little mind! :)

jonny duddle said...

Thanks Ramón! This was a second attempt, following an aborted cover with Will on his flying horse, Moonshine. But this one went pretty smoothly. I have a few issues with it now, but too late to do anything about them! :)

Charles... Thanks for the comment. I don't know the international plans for the book, but I'm due to work on second installment in a few months time, so I'm sure they'd like to see it published in the US. I'll let you know if I hear anything! And I came across your son's picture doing a google search for 'The Pirate Cruncher'. I thought it was terrific, so couldn't resist commenting!