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The Echo

The Echo is the stunning sequel to James Smythe’s critically acclaimed literary sci-fi novel The Explorer. Late spring last year, I was briefed by Harper Collins to illustrate the cover.

The image was created with 2 astronauts drawn separately in pencil, these were then scanned into Photoshop for some cleaning up and to layer certain elements for the designers at Harper Collins.

For a project like this, the illustration is just part of the process. The image goes through another transformation after it is handed over to the design team. Cover designer Kate Gaughran, worked her magic producing the luscious soft-touch matt lamination jacket that can be found on the hardback edition of the book.

A special thank you to Dom Forbes, at Harper Collins for a great brief.


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