Mousebeard's Revenge Cover

May 8, 2009 by  
Filed under sketchbook

emflyingIt’s a funny old thing making an illustration for a cover. I’ve been working on the one for the final Mousehunter book, illustrating a really fun scene from quite early on in the story. The nice part of it is that it’s the same scene I read out at the Crystal Palace Festival, so it’s fresh and alive in my brain.

Translating it into an image has been a bit of a blast. There are huge flying mice, with Emiline and Scratcher holding onto them for dear life as they leap out of a window. And of course, way down below is Old Town. It’s great to have Old Town there, as on the previous cover it was just a bit of deck. (There is the port on the new Mousehunter cover, but that’s not available just yet.)

I imagine many writers have ideas for how their covers should look and I imagine many are frustrated by the outcome. But I’m so lucky to get the opportunity to influence them so much. I guess it’s a big responsibility, but hey, I’m always up for a challenge.

I watched Inkheart at the weekend, and there are a few lovely scenes when the writer of the book (a fabulous Jim Broadbent) gets so excited about seeing his creations come to life that he forgets that the baddies he made up are in fact very dangerous.

Well, this cover has felt a bit like that for me. It really feels like I’ve recreated my world in picture form and, it also has Scratcher on it.

So here’s a preliminary drawing for the cover, of Emiline and the massive Beachcomber Mouse. I’ll post the finished thing when I can!