Good News Everyone!! Recently I was commissioned by Matthew Kalamidas at Science Fiction Book Club to illustrate the cover to a collection of the first two books in the Ender’s Game series, “Ender’s Game” and “Speaker for the Dead”. Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” is a Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel which has inspired a Marvel Comics series, a video game and forthcoming movie starring Harrison Ford and Sir Ben Kingsley coming to theaters this November. I was surprised, overwhelmed and then really excited by the potential image I could create for this beloved novel.
After seeing all the past covers for the series I decided to treat mine more like a pre-production illustration for film rather than a stand alone book cover or theater poster style image. Something I could hand off to a production designer. I really wanted to get in and play with a little environment design and costume design for Ender's flash suit as well. This however meant a ton more work than what would normally go into a sci fi cover illustration.
Matthew Kalamidas was kind enough to do an interview with me about the cover on his blog. Check it out when you have a chance.
I had so much fun developing this painting that I figured I’d share the steps in its creation. So for any students or Ender Wiggin fans out there, these next few posts are for you. Check back for updates....
Lastly, a close up of the kid with my initials proudly wearing the colors of Dragon Army!!! The Enemy's Gate is what?!!!!