Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tor - The Long Man



Way back in October 2008 I was contacted about doing a cover by Irene Gallo of Tor books for a new novel called The Long Man written by long-time comic writer Steve Englehart.

After doing some initial loose sketches for feedback, the job was placed on the backburner for a while and I eventually forgot about it.

However, late in January the job started back up again and we were able to flesh out the concept for the book a little better. I would describe the concept of the story if I was able to do so accurately--hopefully you get a sense for it from my cover, though.


I ended up doing two versions of the cover, but the brighter colored version is what's going to be published. I think it will stand out more that way. The less saturated version, however, is my favorite of the two.


If you haven't noticed, the process piece I posted a few weeks ago was actually used in this illustration.

The Long Man is scheduled to be released on August 4, 2009.


best,

Frank

20 comments:

Aaron Rossell said...

very sweet---love your work as always!

Adam said...

very rad and dynamic! great line work for sure!

alec megibben said...

haha. the hero is in your spitting image, frank!

Do Yeah said...

Genius work Frank. Awesome composition and perspective!!

Tobias Schwarz said...

great work!

Dominic Bugatto said...

Nicely done , love it.

Jan said...

the inking on that backgrouppiece is so good. it looks more like a inked over photo but judging from your sketches here it seems like those are you poses. very good lighting.

Owen said...

Really nice piece Frank! I really dig how the x-ray of the hand sneaks up as a second read.

Kyle T. Webster said...

My favorite piece of yours for many months. Fantastic work, Frank!

Ben Newman said...

wow, thats really nice. I love the understated shading.

Muffin said...

Hi Frank. :)
I'm still checking out AND loving your work. The background on this i especially like. And I love the way you put together your illustrations. In other words: nothing you didnt already know. :P

andykportfolio said...

HOLY SH*T! frank u made a killer onel. blow my head since i open the blog, i actually stop drinking my coke. i have been a fan of you for long time now and this piece prove what i have been telling to people, you have everything to became the number one. go get it master!
Andy K
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andykportfolio

Frank said...

Thanks guys, glad you like it!


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Shawn Escott said...

Hi Frank. Awesome blog you have here! Your work is astounding, whether digital or traditional, you are creating some nice work. I read your past posts regarding getting better and being confident, thanks for the encouragement and advice!

louis-etienne vallee said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!

Jed said...

This looks great, but those beautiful ink wash drawings get a little lost in this one. They looked so striking on their own.

I remember reading Engelhart's comics when I was a kid. He used to do a book called "Coyote" that I remember liking a lot.

MaTT said...

Great work dude! I just discovered your work and I gotta say, it's pretty awesome!

Benjamin Plouffe said...

Im a fan. Thanks for posting!

sophan said...

man, that means a lot coming from you.
i love all the new stuff you've been doing. you make me want to go to drawing workshop every time i visit.

those pieces for for new scientist and rolling stone.

keep doing the dam thing!

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John Zeleznik said...

Great drawing. Wonderful style!