I was recently commissioned by author John Hindmarsh to produce new cover illustrations and graphics for his ‘Glass Complex’ trilogy of science fiction novels.
This is the cover artwork for part one; ‘Broken Glass’.
The brief was quite detailed, and accurately described scenes from the books that the author felt would work best as cover illustrations.
However, the actual ‘look and feel’ of the various elements was left open to my own personal interpretation. This allowed a great deal of creative freedom in putting the images together.
The artwork itself is of course purely digital; no 3D modelling was used in its creation, with much of the image, particularly the huge ‘ore-carrier’, being ‘hand-painted’ using Photoshop. Additional elements were created using ‘Mandelbulb3D’ fractal software.
As part of the authors’ desire to achieve a new, consistent ‘branding’ for his novels, the author and title text required specific treatment, and this will be reflected across Johns complete range of Science Fiction and Thriller novels.
Please visit John Hindmarsh’s website for more information on his literary works at: johnhindmarsh.com
‘Broken Glass’ and other titles by John Hindmarsh can be purchased online by visiting his page at Amazon.com
The full ‘triptych’ image comprising all three covers can be viewed at:
I am always interested in new commissions. If you’d like to discuss your requirements for artwork, please send your enquiry using the Contact page.
A brief synopsis of the ‘Broken Glass’ storyline:
Steg de Coeur, his family murdered to further an armed takeover of Homeworld by the House of Aluta, flees to space just ahead of corporate mercenaries and warrants issued for his arrest for treason against the Empire. Adventures follow as his ability to link with computers develops, in emulation of the Acolytes who attend the mysterious Glass Complex of Homeworld. Steg purchases a commission in the Imperial Fleet where he aids in the capture of an alien space ship preying on Imperial shipping lanes. He is court-martialled on false charges and marooned on Hellfire, a desert planet controlled by the House of Aluta. Steg takes over the computer-based mining equipment and creates havoc, eventually escaping with Milnaret of Fain, a pleasure companion. Duels, deaths, enlistment in Imperial Special Forces, and exploration of ancient portals drives the tension.
A deranged and very bitter rival for control of Homeworld attacks Steg with a blaster. Her attack severely injures him as he is about to step through a portal. He disappears and despite a major search by his fellow soldiers, he cannot be found.
The pace of Broken Glass is rapid, with well developed, solid characters and a compelling storyline.
About John Hindmarsh:
John Hindmarsh writes science fiction and thrillers, sometimes with crossover. Well, you need a thrill in your SF and an occasional touch of science in your thrillers.
John is originally from Australia, and now lives in the High Sierra region of California where he writes full time. When he’s not writing he could be hiking, kayaking or skiing.
John’s books are generally written with an American voice – well, he tries! – although he prefers to write British English. So he sometimes gets mixed up; in any event, he claims aluminium is the correct word.
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