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Book: Science Fiction Omnibus

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  • Book Cover: Science Fiction Omnibus
    Art Director: Patrick Hurley / The Great Books Foundation
  • Since I love science fiction, I was glad to hear that The Great Books Foundation was putting together a collection, and I was going to illustrate the cover. My initial impulse was to do a fantastic and humorous homage to everything sci fi: aliens, space ships, domed cities... like a futuristic Bosch. It was a bit too busy, so I dialed it back. Then, when  they affixed the title area to the illustration, the black sky was deemed too visually divisive.. so I redid the sky with a modernistic gradient. Very 50's kitch!
  • (original sketch)
  • (placement in cover layout)
  • (first finish)
  • (first finish in layout... that black sky has to go!)
  • (new neon gradient sky...)
  • Final cover!