May 19, 2017

Filed under: Books,Wisdom — adamsdoyle @ 9:05 am

We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”. In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.

Introduction to Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Neil Postman
1985

A favorite book of mine. I’d recommend it as well as Technopoly and The End of Education.

April 10, 2017

Filed under: Books,Illustration,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 4:09 pm

Now on bookstore shelves, my latest cover. Sorcerer, seducer, & stoker of war between kingdoms, The Witch of Torinia by Clifford Beal continues the adventures in Valdur. Published by Solaris Books.

 

March 30, 2017

Filed under: Books,Illustration — adamsdoyle @ 1:17 pm

Here’s a new book cover I did for the novel The Nine, by Tracy Townsend, coming this fall from Pyr Books:

 

March 21, 2017

Filed under: Books,Illustration — adamsdoyle @ 5:12 pm

 

Excited about how this book turned out. Excellent design decision by the art director to make the corner symbols glossy on the matte cover. Just the right amount of subtle. If you’re into gaming, definitely check this one out.


November 14, 2016

Filed under: Books,Illustration,Painting,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 12:39 pm

If you’re a fan of HP Lovecraft or just feeling that reality has gotten darkly twisted & utterly confounding lately? Me too. New from Fantasy Flight Games. Learn more here.

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September 29, 2016

Filed under: Books,Illustration,News,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 12:37 pm

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I can now reveal the cover art I was working on last winter for the novel due out in in the spring- The Witch of Torinia, sequel to the excellent fantasy adventure The Guns of Ivrea, by Clifford Beal. Published by Solaris Books. Learn more on Goodreads.

 

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July 15, 2016

Filed under: Books — adamsdoyle @ 3:46 pm

Now that I sketch on paper a bit less than I used to (digital is more immediate these days) here’s a look at the arsenal of sketchbooks that’ve housed observations and the development of ideas since 1997.

 

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July 8, 2016

Filed under: Books,Illustration,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 10:13 am

While awaiting the publication of the projects that’ve been keeping me busy lately, here’s the little library of most of the covers I’ve done so far. ‪#‎booklove‬

 

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July 2, 2016

Filed under: Acclaim,Books,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 12:14 pm

Just noticed this at the end of The Guns of Ivrea, by Clifford Beal. Feeling honored.

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May 17, 2016

Finale to The Raven Cycle

Filed under: Books,Illustration,In progress,News — adamsdoyle @ 10:58 am

Long before the cover appears on bookshelves there’s an extensive process of coming up with ideas and submitting them to the art director. I always ask to read the story to draw directly from the material, but it’s not always made available. Below are just a few concepts I came up with based solely on having read the three earlier novels and the art director’s encouragement to be inventive.

Many people assume that the image is something I paint and hand in. But in fact are a lot of opinions involved with a book cover, particularly for a high profile series such as this. Along with my convictions we also of course have the author, as well as the editors, the art director, the marketing department, and at times some major booksellers weigh in. It can be a lot of cooks in the kitchen.

With that being said, here we go. My main goal was to genuine to the series sensibility and capture both gravitas and finality. One thing was for sure, this was where Blue and the Raven Boys fulfill their destiny.

 

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After a handful of months I was told to depict a stag. The intention to go the symbolic route. Christopher, the art director, mocked up a sketch.

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In doing my own development I found that a deer is rather tricky for a cover composition. Large antlers means reducing the size of the deer, which diminishes the animal’s boldness. There’s also the issue of the antlers visually conflicting with the author’s prominent name.

Here are the final variations that led up to the published cover.

 

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It’s been a terrific  journey working on this much beloved series over the past five years. I appreciate the opportunity working with Christopher Stengel at Scholastic, the support from Maggie to represent her wonderful writing, and the enthusiasm from all of her lovely readers.

 

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