Towards the end of last year I was asked if I would like to illustrate the cover for the sequel to "No Hero" by Jonathan Wood. Some of you may remember that I did the cover to that novel as well. I enjoyed the first one tremendously, so of course I jumped at the chance.
For the art brief I basically got an outline of the book along with a list of new characters, which was extensive. Included was a willingness from the A.D. and the author to continue the movie poster theme from the first cover. Whereas with the first cover I went in with the idea of doing a sort of spoof on 80's action movie posters, on this one I wanted to try and do more of a straight take, and pay homage to Drew Struzan. These are the thumbnail sketches I came up with, which are basically a montage of all the coolest stuff from the book, including many faces both new and familiar.
The client decided they liked the composition on the bottom left best, so I moved on to a tighter sketch
I got an enthusiastic thumbs up from the A.D. and moved onto the final
Approval went quickly and I find myself hoping Jonathan gets the chance to right a third chapter in the adventures of Arthur Wallace and the rest of MI37.