Inspired by a great Abram Games poster, I wanted to create a front-cover-style piece for the wonderful 'Mortal Engines' by Philip Reeve...
This is a relatively bright and saturated version of the image... I think this balance works well for a poster image, but as a book cover I'd up the emphasis on the title and take the brightness of the city down.
So I'm glad to have finally done this. The only problem is that I'm going to find it hard to resist starting on a cover for book 3, Infernal Devices: it's largely set in the Traction City version of Brighton - my beloved hometown...
(As well as her DeviantArt page, Kathryn blogs on Tumblr here. She has a good website too, with lots of images of Brighton, my old hometown. And her blog features lots of good stuff, including these great 1960s Puffin covers for The Hunger Games...)
Secondly, here's a gruesome but rather wonderful Shrike by Daniel Reuben Young:
And finally, I think this aviatrix is really a character from Ian McQue's own world of rusty sky-trawlers and airborne harbours, which has been unfolding for the past few years in the illustrations on his excellent blog. But that's a world that looks more like the WOME than anything else I've ever seen, and she'd make a very good recruit for the Green Storm's air-fleets, or possibly a young Anna Fang..