Friday, April 20, 2007

Polar

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From a book cover titled "Elements of a Kill" by Christopher Lane.
I've never figured out why I was chosen to illustrate this series of mysteries that are all set in the "Frozen North". I grew up in Alabama and Georgia, where it might snow every third year or so...not exactly Inupiat territory. In fact the closest thing I've ever seen to a Polar Bear in the wild was an albino squirrel who lived in the woods behind our house a few years ago.

By the way, the odd looking thing in the water in the foreground is an authentic Inupiat ceremonial mask (it's supposed to represent the spiritual aspects of death and rebirth, I think).
acrylics on Strathmore illustration board

This is the actual cover with type and all.
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10 comments:

Teri C said...

Wow, absolutely gorgeous! So is this a good book? You certainly made it look wonderful.

steve said...

This is absolutely amazing and very eeeeerie!

Rick Lovell said...

Teri-

I never said this is a good book...read at your own risk!

Graham McArthur said...

Excellent.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Really terrific work!

mermaid_misk said...

Really love this illo, I like the vast landscape being the main feature. Lovely.

Greg Hartman said...

Very spacious feeling and well rendered...even if an albino squirrel is your only experience with white fur!:0)

Michelle Lana said...

Wow..awesome work!

Emila Yusof said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Thanks for the explanation about the mask... and for getting the shape of the polar bear "right." They aren't quite shaped the way one would assume... as I have found out to my dismay, when trying to draw them from memory.