Many, many moons ago, I used to be an artist. I actually went to comic book school (two different ones!), drew comics, storyboards, did work for video games, television, film – worked on everything from “Highlights for Kids” to “Playboy.” A little over ten years ago I transitioned over to writing and haven’t done a whole lot in the way of drawing since. A few comic books here, some storyboards and concept designing there, a couple of illustrations, sketchcards, and a whole lot of art commissions.
Now, even though I’m mainly considered a writer these days, every so often I like to dust off the pencil and give the old artist muscles a little flexing.
In this particular case, I have just finished writing my first solo novel – an action/adventure/science fiction thing called “The Cestus Concern” – and discovered I needed a cover image for it. And it just felt right to go ahead and do the artwork for the book.
For those of you who are interested in this sort of thing, I thought I’d post the rough sketch work (done digitally in Photoshop) for you to take a look at. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the star of my first novel, Malcolm Weir, and the cover to “The Cestus Concern” – due out December 31, 2012!
And there you have it. I’ll be posting the fully painted cover in the next couple of weeks, along with the final cover treatment a bit further down the road. Make sure to check back here regularly for more updates, sneak peeks and giveaways all leading up to the release!
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius