NEW WORK by Rhys' Pieces

A look into some of the new projects I've been working on in recent months.

JANUARY 2022

Interior illustrations for 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' by Alice Feeney (Flatiron Books)

A really fun illustration project to create a dozen or so tight, interior drawings of objects meaningful to the storyline in Alice's book. We were looking for a clean style, while still having a little life in the drawing. I use this technique on many projects. I call it my 'fake pencil' and it involves the fantastic Photoshop burn tool. Time consuming, but super effective I think/hope.

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Alice is the author of a number of NYT best selling novels. Rock Paper Scissors is her latest twisting mystery set in wintry Scotland. Netflix have bought this one up to be made into a mystery series, so keep an eye out for that.

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Seven maps for 'The Good or Evil Side' by Dan Gooder Richard (Inkspiration Media)

Set during the American-Mexican War of 1846, Dan's novel follows the travels and adventures of journalist Samantha Swift and secret agent Jack Dancer. They find themselves in Matamoros on the American-Mexican border, caught between two battling armies. Twist and turns, hidden treasure and bloody battles fill the pages of this exciting novel. 

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I'm usually kept at arms length from authors (ha!), but Dan and I worked closely on the project over numerous zoom calls. We kept a good eye on historical and geographical accuracy as well as hiding a puzzle or two in the maps. I'm delighted to be working again with Dan on the second Swift and Dancer Adventure based in exotic Hawaii this time... due for release later in 2022.

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Two maps for 'Afghan Napoleon' by Sandy Gall (Haus Publishing of London)

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A fascinating project about the life of Ahmed Shah Massoud. His face was instantly recognizable from watching numerous news reports about Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation in the 80's. The book was written by the legendary journalist and news reader Sandy Gall; another famous face from the TV news of my childhood. I always knew bits and pieces about Afghanistan, but working on these maps, using a simple and clean style, was a fantastic opportunity to really study the land... what a wild and dramatic place!

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MARCH 2021

Endpaper art work for 'No Time Like The Future' by Michael J.Fox (Flatiron Books)

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A cool project to create twelve stand alone illustrations based on special experiences in Michael's life.
This is Michael's fourth book about his incredible life and career.
The central image for this book was a battered old sea turtle he'd come across while snorkeling in the Virgin Islands. He felt the strength and resilience of the turtle reflected in the struggles he'd had with Parkinson's Disease and wanted that image captured throughout in his new book as a chapter head. I usually get scribbles on paper as references for the images I make, but this was a first...a tattoo of a sea turtle on Marty McFly's arm no less!

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Working closely with the wonderful Michelle McMillian at Macmillan Publishing, we tried to get a clean, uncomplicated feel to the drawings so they would reproduce sharply on the endpapers... something like a classic book from the 50's and 60's that had those 'repeat' endpapers.
The book was pretty high profile. My highlight was seeing Michael talking about the book with Graham Norton
on his show. We were shouting at the screen..." Open the bloody book, Graham, and show the illustrations!" ...alas he didn't!


                                                         

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Map for 'Where Dreams Descend' by Janella Angeles (Wednesday Books)

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A two page map spread for 'Where Dreams Descend' by Janella Angeles that was a combination of a classic fantasy map and featured illustrations. Working with art director Anne Gorovoy, we also created icons featured as chapter heads through the book.

 

" In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes."

 

Part two of the series, 'When Night Breaks' comes out in the summer.

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