Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Recent Work: “The Shadow Walker” book jacket

I designed and illustrated this book jacket for art director Rita Frangie at Berkley Books. Set in present day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, by Michael Walters, spins a tale of corporate espionage and murder. The editors were looking for a “film noir” atmosphere, as suggested by the title. Much of the action in the book alternates between lonely, abandoned Soviet era factories and the stark beauty of the Gobi desert, and I wanted to show both on the cover. Below are the four sketches I presented, the finished artwork, and progressive states of the digital final in Photoshop. Notice the miniature Gobi desert setup on my work table. The red symbol replacing the letter “A” in “Walker” is the emblem featured on the Mongolian flag.


Michael Walters said...

I think it's traditional for authors to complain about how their books have been represented in the cover art. But I've got no complaints about Richard's excellent work on 'The Shadow Walker' - really striking and sympathetic to the tone of the book. Many thanks, Richard!

Richard Tuschman said...

You are most welcome! One of the parts I love most about creating book jacket art is reading the manuscript, and I can heartily recommend "The Shadow Walker". I was fortunate enough to be able to read it at the beach, which was great, though I had to chase down some of the windblown unbound pages. I am looking forward to a bound copy.