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.

 

April 29, 2016

Filed under: Books,Illustration,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 4:47 pm

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A year and a half after finishing the artwork & on the heels of my completing the cover for its sequel, The Guns of Ivrea has arrived. If you’re looking for a page-turning character-driven high-seas adventure I highly recommend it.

 

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April 27, 2016

Filed under: Books,Illustration — adamsdoyle @ 3:20 pm

After touring the country, the See American campaign now arrives in handsome book form. Initiated by the Creative Action Network. Learn more, purchase, and contribute to upcoming conscientious endeavors.

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April 15, 2016

Filed under: Books,Illustration,In progress — adamsdoyle @ 1:21 pm

Adoring this beautiful tome, which is guiding & inspiring my journey to depict Lovecraft’s dark, immersive landscape.

 

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March 20, 2016

Filed under: Books,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 1:16 pm

The See America series initiated by The Creative Action Network has toured the country and is now collected into book form. Reviving the legacy of the New Deal arts projects by inviting artists & designers from all 50 states to create a new collection celebrating our shared natural landmarks and treasured sites.

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February 23, 2016

Filed under: Books,Illustration,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 3:47 pm

I’m involved in a campaign with 30 other classic-living illustrators to get great books a new set of covers. If funded I’ll be taking on Robin Hood (preliminary sketches below). Visit Rock Paper Scissor‘s Kickstarter page to learn more.

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December 1, 2015

Filed under: Books,Fun,Illustration — adamsdoyle @ 11:42 am

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I’ve recently been reading this seminal work by the great observer, Charles Darwin. Decided to give it a design of my own and shared it with the Recovering the Classics campaign from The Creative Action Network.

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