Thursday, 17 April 2008

Cosmic Reaper

An image inspired by recent research from Belfast Professor Mike Baillie suggesting a link between the outbreak of the Black Death in the fourteenth century and the entry of comets into the earth's atmosphere.

Below is an earlier version with a different colour scheme (which seemed just too colourful to me), along with my initial idea sketches. All of the versions were based around this idea of the comet and its tail doubling as the scythe of the grim reaper.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Bad Moon Rising

A recent image based on one of the most memorable passages from the SF novella - 'The Atrocity Archive' by Charles Stross. I originally caught most of the story when it was serialised in Spectrum SF about seven years ago, before Stross became a major novelist in the genre.

The story has recently been published in paperback along with another story, under the title 'The Atrocity Archive' so I finally got to finish reading it. Its partially set in an alternate universe where the Nazi's win WWII with the help of demonic forces and go on to produce a monument to der Fuhrer that makes Mount Rushmore look a bit lacklustre.

On first reading this passage it seemed like the sort of thing that might have inspired the cover of a 40s Pulp magazine. So I thought I might try producing this cover that never was. In hindsight perhaps I should have made more of the pulp style in the execution. Below are the steps that got me to the final image.