26 March 2013

War of the Worlds

So I drew a bunch of illustrations last year for a digital edition of H. G. Wells' classic, War of the Worlds. Never been paid, and I've given up expecting to be. Etienne, if you're reading this, know that I hold no grudges. I suppose this particular edition didn't sell much, possibly because the book has been in the public domain for some time now (in the US, at least), and you can even read it online for free.

I'm going to post all the illustrations, chapter by chapter, one per day, starting from tomorrow. War of the Worlds has an interesting assortment of book covers that have come out through the years, and you can check them out on this site. While my cover is nothing too original - there are other versions in which tripods loom over London (even my countryman, Zdenko Bašić, did one recently) - I do believe my interior thumbnails are closer to home than most, in terms of research and reference documentation at least. In drawing most streets and buildings I used photos and illustrations from that time (the setting of the book is Victorian England). I even used Google Street View to follow the main character's movements on his way to London. The Martians and tripods I drew, however, were most heavily influenced by Kevin O'Neill. To some extent, I believe I tried to mimic his style - but whether I succeeded or failed, you be the judge.

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