As part of a longterm project I’ll be producing an illustrated edition of my novel MUNKi. Due to printing costs, all the illustrations will be in black and white (apart from the new cover). Anyway, here is the first, taken from the first chapter, “Snake”. As part of a longterm project I’ll be producing an illustrated edition of my novel MUNKi. Due to printing costs, all the illustrations will be in black and white (apart from the new cover). These are available as prints (contact me for pricing), and will at some point hopefully form part of an exhibition. If you are a gallery or cafe owner, or know of some other fitting space, then please get in touch.

This was produced using Photoshop and my new Wacom Cintiq.

The view from the window is from the fictional Merrywhile Museum of Technological History, overlooking Canary wharf. The boy is wearing augmented reality glasses, and playing the old generic arcade/phone game Snake. I liked the idea of superimposing different realties, which was partly inspired by M. C. Escher’s prints, such as this one (“Three Worlds”).

The illustration marks a new progression for me, as apart from the initial sketch, everything was done digitally using my new Wacom Cintiq 16, which finally allows me to draw directly onto the screen (I’ve used other, non-screen tablets before, but struggled with the hand-eye disconect). This doesn’t mean I’ll be giving up the traditional aspect of my work, but it gives me more options to use traditional media more creatively, and not as a default.

I’ve also included a preiliminary sketch and some of the separate layers so you can see how it all came together.

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