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 two; ‘Fracture Lines’.
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 – although no conventional 3D modelling was used in its creation – most of the various elements were constructed using the 3D Fractal program ‘Mandelbulb3D’. These were then composited and additional details added in Photoshop.
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 ‘Fracture Lines’ storyline:
Steg de Coeur, severely wounded, is transported back in time to an Imperial hospital starship. He recovers physically, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Yi and her nurses. However, he has lost his memory and is unable to account for his presence on board the starship. ImpSec charge him with spying and sentence him to death. Steg is off-loaded in chains and transported to a prison run by the House of Aluta where he will be scheduled for execution.
His sword, Ebony, has its own adventure.
Steg escapes the prison when a mercenary commander recruits prisoners who have been sentenced to death. He establishes himself as a potential mercenary officer while gradually recovering his memory. He discovers the mercenaries, lured into a trap by their alien strategist, are about to engage with Xesset starships. He has to contend with betrayal, a Charion priestess, and the divided loyalties of the mercenaries. Fain helps with his memory recovery and his computer-controlling ability returns.
Steg takes over leadership of the mercenary force, and with his own Ebony Company, is tasked with the capture of a freighter loaded with munitions. He must defeat its Xesset escort and also overcome their dreadnought sent to destroy the mercenaries and capture their client’s planet.
Steg is needed by the Glass Complex….
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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