Well, when I have enough time, I try to illustrate important characters that we don't see on other covers. On the first or on the backcover.
There is a lot of character that I would like to draw : St Just, Robert. S Pierre, Cromartry, the brother of hamish, Honor's parents, The protector of Grayson and his admiral, Theisman, tourville, Sharon, Giscard, Harkness+Tremaine, Mc Queen, ... And more...
It would be cool if I could draw all important characters...
This cover does a particularly good job of evoking the complicated emotional undercurrents between Honor and Hamish at this point in the saga, as well as hinting at the political turmoil in Manticore with which their relationship has gotten mixed up. The shadowy figures in the background watching the two main characters look somewhat sinister, but that's to be expected given that there were a lot of people who would have loved to see them fall flat on their faces - after all, the High Ridge government was in power at that time. Nice touch too with the "talking heads" in the background nattering on about Honor and Haven (I think that's the Havenite symbol there, isn't it?), reflecting the media uproar that provides a subplot of the book. I do wish you had been able to fit Emily in there somewhere, though, unless she *is* in there, in one of the TV/HD screens in the background and I didn't catch it...
No it's not the heavenite symbol but a salamander in a burning sun. Because a lot of people call Honor "the salamander" (especially her enemies).
And I couldn't draw Emily or something else because the size for French edition of Honor Harrington books is small. So I can't draw a lot of elements. It's easy to make too many characters, too many details and then you can't see the cover in a bookstore. To be efficient I have to put 1,2 or 3 important things max and that's all. All the rest must stay discreet. Like that the most important element can catch the eyes of the buyer
Very often I have to simplify my first idea/sketch. I must delete a ship, a planet, a character... sigh...
We have yet to see a Treecat as David Weber has described them. This cover has FAT house cats, but your cover of In Enemy Hands 1 comes closest IMO. Try this:
Clear your mind of the image 'cat' and think 'weasel' now in the middle of that long skinny body imagine another pair of limbs, got the image?
The head and ears are cat like.
The tail is long and flat imagine an elongated beaver tail, but with fur on the top, and bare skin on the bottom. Unless curled into a tube in cold winter conditions it should be flat. It's prehensile used for grasping like a new world monkey, but also with the curling ability can grasp also in the longitudinal direction not just the horizontal.
The hands have longer fingers than the human hand with three fingers and a thumb IE only four digits not five. The claws, 1.25 cm long, are usually retracted into a sheath but can spring open like a folding knife.
Color Gray with darker stripes for the male with cream colored belly fur, and light brown or tan and spotted for the female with cream colored belly.
Would that I had your ability, but perhaps this can help get an image closer to written descriptions, and we can leave the fat house cats and garden gnome looking treecats behind. Poor David Mattingly was told his treecats looked like Mr. Chaney's Wolfman from the old horror movies, and garden gnome by me. Enough with the Fat Cats!
quite honestly, these covers of yours are absolutely stunning! I have always been pretty dissapointed with the American covers, don't like their style or how inaccurate they are in their depiction of the contents and characters. but your designs are what I've always been hoping to see! everything, from your style to your approach and attention to details is truly awesome. Thank you for these glimpses of the real Honor, Nimitz, Hamish and Samantha! I just wish they would use your covers for the English editions.
thank you for your compliments I like the atmosphere of this one as if the two characters were guilty of something wrong...
The only novel from Ann Mc Affrey i read is The ballad of Pern. It was a cool story. I didn't read Path of fury for the moment, is it good ? Actually, i only know Honor Harrington novels and their spin-off storm of shadows, saganami...
But, soon, i'll read the excalibur alternative from D. Weber because i have to do this cover too.
I've so many books to read since i started to be an illustrator... It's hard to have enough time to read a novel only for my own pleasure
I showed this one to my friend who introduced me to the series and he asked a very good question. Will editions of the books with your covers be published in the US? Because if so, I just might end up owning two copies of the series.
Wow, i can't dream a better congratulation for my work... You are going to make me blush
More seriously and to answer to your question : actually i'm just the illustrator of HH and the other novels in the same universe (shadow of saganami and more...) only for France.
I would like to work for the US publisher but i don't have any contact with them for the moment. i don't even think that Mr Weber has ever saw one of my covers. You have to know that i started to be illustrator only since 2 years, so nobody(or few people) knows me or my work.
I wait to have a lot of differents artworks to show with the aim offering my services to US publishers (not only for HH). And i work my english too because i'm not very fluent (as you can see in my comment )
I think that i'll contact US publisher this summer. After it'll be "A la grāce de dieu"(In the grace of god) as we say in France when we don't know if we'll manage to do what we try.
But, if you like those covers, you can download 2 Hi-res cover on my publisher's website (and print it if you like).
Very nice rendition of Admiral White Haven, he looks just like I envisioned him. Honor is great too, she actually looks Asian here, unlike on the other covers of the books. Everything looks so realistic, and the background space art is fitting too. Great job!
I noticed there was some resemblence between our ships but assure you that is coincidence.
And yes, my "Chronicles of Man" work is a lone man project. I have been dreaming it up for over ten years and my art work finally reached a level where I felt confident that I could accurately represent the universe.
Oh, i didn't insinuate that there is plagiat in your spaceships.
It's just fun to see the similarity between few of our spaceships. Two weeks ago, none of us knew the work of the other but sometimes we had the same inspiration (or nearly).
For the project "chronicles of man", i respect your work. It's very ambitious but it's rewarding for the author(i mean you) when he manage to reach his goal. I know it because i work on a project of comics and i do everything alone(like you): story, drawing and color... That's why i'm really impress by your work.
Well i stop now or i'll do a long speech about tenacity, perseverance, blablabla