NEW WORK by Rhys' Pieces
A look into some of the new projects I've been working on in recent months.
Endpaper art work for 'No Time Like The Future' by Michael J.Fox (Flatiron Books)
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!
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!
Map for 'Where Dreams Descend' by Janella Angeles (Wednesday Books)
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.