As we welcome 2018 I am happy to share with you my latest cover art for Becky Chambers’ upcoming book, Record of a Spaceborn Few (HarperCollinsUS).
It’s set to be released this coming July but you can pre-order it now.
This piece was made digitally. The spaceship, an Exodan Homesteader, was entirely hand-drawn in Photoshop with my Wacom Intuos tablet. These are old colony ships, and have spent hundreds of years in space and have gone through generations of renovations and improvements.
When I was first given the assignment, I had no description of the spacecraft but my art director definitely wanted a spacecraft in a nebula. My first sketches had a totally different spaceship but I was happy with the color scheme. After the first drafts were complete, I received a book excerpt with descriptions of these vast spacecraft, and her own sketches. Becky had even cobbled together a paper model of the ship as she envisioned it.
With all the new information at hand, I went back and re-drew the Exodan Homesteader in similar colors to work with the background.
I highly recommend Becky Chambers’ books. She’s doing fantastic work and I am thrilled to have been a small part of her commercial publications.
And her debut novel, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
I have previously written about my work on the covers for Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. It has had several iterations before the final US release by HarperCollins.