Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Secrets of the Death Dragon

I've been meaning to do a followup post to get some more mileage out of all the work I put into that Death Dragon serial, but things have just been too busy!

In the meantime, though, I'll share one little tidbit and point out that the illustrations for Days 18 through 20 (our hero's phantasmagoric journey on Komodo Island) were designed to fit together into a single large-format picture.

Komodo Island isn't anywhere near this lushly forested, of course. You might think of it as an allegorical jungle, a color-keyed extension of the malevolent lizards themselves.


Thirteen & Tom Collins said...

Very cool! I love the way the dragons weave in and out of it. The three panels into one reminds me of the original 60's pictures on the Lord of the Rings books that were put together into one large poster--as can be seen here:

It has that "approach to Mt. Doom" feel ;-D

Mark Simmons said...

Ooh, I like the Lord of the Rings covers! There's a real art to designing images so they work in multiple contexts like this - ditto with wraparound book covers that need to have an interesting spine, solid overall design, and striking front cover. Must be kind of like designing those famous "fold-in" cartoons in Mad Magazine.

Jelter said...

That's really cool! Not as cool as if it folded in to make another picture though! :P

colsmi said...

Mark, according to the traditions of the Kreativ Blogger Award, which oblige me to leave this message on your blog here, where I know it doesn't actually belong, "I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award":

I've written in the linked piece above why I've nominated you. I hope this message, for whatever it may be worth, finds you hale and hearty.

Colin Smith