Over the last few days I showed you some of my illustrations, drawn to illustrate some of my stories! Here are another five for you to enjoy! Or, alternatively, if you don’t like them, it’ll be a torturous experience!
Just a little necessary repetition here – many of these pictures were included in a number of multimedia projects related to my writing, such as book trailer videos I used to promote my books! I also need to point out again, that none of these images appear in the books themselves.
The process of completing these illustrations was quite a lengthy one – before I even got to the making of the book trailers! First I had to sketch each image out in pencil, then in thick or thin markers. Then I had to scan them in digitally and edited out little blemishes or other flaws on my computer. Sometimes I’d add glow effects or other refinements. After that, I’d save the black and white images to use in future coloring-book projects – and used a graphics app to color them in digitally!
Again, I realize I’m no Michelangelo – I know my limitations, but at least I didn’t make a couple of stick figures with speech bubbles and call it “art” – so save the criticism! Otherwise, enjoy! 😉 Comments welcome as always.
“Castaways” (from Panic! Horror In Space #2: “Life Signs“)
The lost shuttle carrying the last survivors of the ill-fated space liner Demeter, as discovered by the I.S.S. Mercury. A body was discovered aboard, a body drained of blood – and in whose hand was clutched a very, very long letter… The drawn part of this image was separated from the surrounding background and superimposed over a starry backdrop in PowerPoint.
“Dish” (from Panic! Horror In Space #2: “Life Signs“)
In “Life Signs” the space liner Demeter is sabotaged. It’s communication antenna dish simply detaches itself and floats away during the night, for no apparent rhyme or reason. A similar process was used to superimpose these drawn images in separate elements onto the starry backdrop.
“Sliding Into View” (from Galaxii #2 “Demonspawn“)
This drawing shows the derelict ship hidden in the astorfield in deep space encountered by the drifting, crippled I.S.S. Mordrake. It was hand-drawn on A4 paper in pencil, then outlined in marker and then colored with a software app on my PC. It inspired a later photo of a model I built, shown below:
“Cargo” (from Panic! Horror In Space #1: “Static“)
This drawing shows the cargo crate of haunted and cursed items shipped aboard the private loderunner Marconi. On route, the crew of the Marconi are attacked by entities attached to these items, leading to a rescue mission undertaken by the Space Fleet’s apparent on-staff ghost busters – Captain Flane and Commander Chapman of the I.S.S. Mercury!
“Unknown” (from Galaxii #2 “Demonspawn“)
This illustration – created entirely in PowerPoint – shows a view of the navigational display of the I.S.S. Mordrake (blue dot). The red object is the alien derelict ship emerging from the asteroid field (green shapes).
I included links to the titles these illustrations appear in, in the headings – leading directly to the books pages on Smashwords, where they are all currently available at massive discounts (up to 60%) during the lockdown season. 😉
More to follow soon!
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