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Honor among enemies by Genkkis Honor among enemies by Genkkis
This is the cover of the Honor Harrington's novel "Honor among enemies" - 1 written by David Weber, by courtesy of L'atalante Publishing.

Release : February 2012

Official website of L'atalante publishing : [link]

See you soon for a new one :)

Voici la couverture de "Mascarade Silésienne" - 1 écrit par David Weber, avec l'aimable autorisation des éditions L'atalante.
Parution : Février 2012

Site officiel des éditions l'Atalante : [link]

A bientôt pour la prochaine :)

Genkis
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hardbodies Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ce sont des vaisseaux de transport ça non? Il n'y a pas la "tête de marteau" des vaisseaux de guerre . Erf oui, c'est "Mascarade Silésienne" forcément ^^
En tout cas, ça me fait regretter de n'avoir quasiment que les anciennes couvertures :(
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oui, ce sont les fameux q-ship, engins de transport civils reconditionnés pour des opérations militaires ;)
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hardbodies Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oui je m'en souviens, j'en ai un miniature :)
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Askannz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Superbe !
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fwicket Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Out of all of your Honor Harrington covers I like this one the best.  I don't remember where I first came across your work but I remember thinking your art was the best fan pics out there. Now I realize you are a commissioned artist for a French publisher and I am so jealous that your art isn't adorning our book covers in the United States.  Will you be working soon on the cover of the book Honor of the Queen? How will you approach future covers with the upcoming Tales of Honor themes take on the look for the Honor Harrington series? Personally I think the Tales of Honor style will work even if initially I was against it. Your art though is something that I hope keeps to the beautiful style you started with.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I'm working on "the honor of the Queen" :) But it's difficult to make a good mix between the fighting scene with Honor + Nimitz and a spatial scene. So, it's not yet ready. Maybe this summer...

About tales of Honor, I already did these illustrations for "Worlds of Honor" and "More than Honor"
genkkis.deviantart.com/art/Wor…
genkkis.deviantart.com/art/Mor…
And I will start a new one in few weeks with the same style.
As I did'nt read the book for the moment, I don't know what I'll draw. I will read it very soon :)
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shumpc Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is fantastic. It's exactly what I imagined for the covers of my series of sci-fi novels; unpublished unfortunately. so far...:)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
Well, Ihope that you find a publisher.
Don't you think that you could publish them yourself on a kindle or something like that ?

Have a ncie day :)
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shumpc Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I've sent of my submissions to some agents, so if it doesn't get picked up, I'll self-publish.
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neehko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is nothing short of pure gorgeous!
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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lmdh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Nicely done, Genkkis, although one thing does bother me. In the books, the RMN uniform is described as being "space-black," not dark blue. But that's just me nit-picking.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I know. Even if I always read the books before I draw the illustrations, my brain didn't remember this detail. So I did this dark blue on my first illustration...
Now I can't change because it would be a "break" in my illustrations. And it has to be homogeneous.
So it's too late to change... But I think that it's not an "horrible" mistake...;)
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lmdh Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
No it's not a horrible mistake by any means. And it is a very small detail. Also, Honor's face looks a little different in this one than some of your earlier pieces. It looks a little more angular, which is how I always pictured it.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, my idea of her face evolves with the time. A little like cartoonists. When they work on the same character since a long time, you can see that their charcater change year after year :)
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kittyliker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm back! Finally, took me long enough to get here. :)

First, I can see you got all the rank pins and decorations right. Glad I was able to help with that so it doesn't turn into the troupe Covers Always Lie([link] <See the troupe here.)

and Honor looks really nice of this cover, no floating head syndrome like the American books seem to suffer from. Her expression is great, I see (very)grim determination along with a bit of hopelessness.

Your ships are perfect, great detail on the hulls. The plating makes it look like a real mechie, when in fact we all know it a pretty kick-ass ship underneath.
Also, I seem to be counting more Q-ships then I remeber, four, if my memory is correct, and I count six.

That was not a complaint, just pointing it out. Cuase they look nice in their formation, and since you do such a good job of depicting the ships in the first place... How can I complain about more awesome ships on one cover?

Only have one question so far and it's about the planet.

Which planet is it?
Its a really beautiful planet, and on my computer screen(or in my head, I don't know which), it's glowing a faint blue-green.

It is either Sidemore or Sphinx, because I know Sphinx has two moons, and Sidemore is an important part of this book.
I'm going to lean more towards Sidemore.

Keep up the good work Genkis
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aaaah, I wondered where you were ;)
Yes, your help has been useful for this one ;)

About the spaceships :
In my memory they were 6. lol
Who is wrong? Damned ! you're right --->[link] :D
Well, I don't think that is really dramatic ;)
I love when there are a lot of spaceships

The planet :
To be honest, I had not decided which planet it is.
The story goes from planet to planet, from a system to another, so I felt the need of representing a planet.
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I know the excuse! The two in front of Honor are taken at a different time than the four behind - so it represents a metaphor for how the ships have to operate separately rather than together.
...okay, I just made that up. But it works..?
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It was the idea, I wanted to show that ships don't move together. That's why I didn't draw them "in formation" (as we say in french) like you can see on this cover [link]
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
"In formation" is another idiom shared between English and French. I'm interested to notice these correlations!

And I can definitely see the contrast. Very nice example of three-dimensional structure.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've been in New-York ten days (Really great travel). I just come back. And I have seen see that we have a lot of words in common :D
And Americans use a lot of french words/expressions/sentences in their advertising, I guess that it's so... "chic" (stylish ?) :)
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Kind of - overuse is pretentious, but it's nevertheless a way to add a touch of the exotic. But we've ended up assimilating a vast number of French expressions to the point that they're almost part of English. "En passant" in chess... chic is pretty much in the English dictionary as well by now... I think it's because English is the mongrel tongue. It absorbs what works, which is why a load of Norman barons became earls and counts in England in 1066, and then slowly became English nobles rather than French nobles in England.
Would have been interesting if the French and English nations had merged one way or another, though. They came close a couple of times in the hundred years' war, but then Joan of Arc took out the Longbow corps. and that was it for a decade or so - professional longbowmen are incredibly destructive, but they take a lifetime to really train.
But I've gone massively off topic again.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can't say that the French language is a "mongrel tongue" too, but we have a lot of English words/expressions. If we except Latin, I think that English is the language most influential for us. Of course, on our borders, German, Italian or Spanish are "preponderant". But English has an influence on all the country.
If French words are "chic" for english people, for us, english words are "cool". Thanks to the united states and their industry of music/movies.

"Would have been interesting if the French and English nations had merged one way or another, though". Wow, that idea gives me a sensation of vertigo... We would have been huge/powerfull... If we admit that the story would have been the same (expansion, science, art, colonialism, ...). But, we can easily imagine that a such alliance/fusion would have change the world's face. By a good or a wrong way I don't know. As I love novels called "uchronies" (in french) I must curb my imagination or I will spend hours to imagine what this world could have been. :D
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kittyliker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'll just keep thinking it's Sidemore and let everone else use their imaginations to decide.

Anyways as I said, I think only the REALLY picky fans could complain about the number of ships. At least you don't draw them with engines or put fighter ships on the cover(Like US version of Service of the Sword.)

Your ships are quite accruate, other than the fact that no one ever draws ships with their wedges, even in the referance book I have.

And my concept of dramatic probably differs from everyone else. I'm not normal, so everything just a *little* off with me. It's because of the lighting and stuff. Can't really explain it... *Shrug*
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As you wish ;) That's why I like to draw, there is always a part of imagination for each person.

For the Q-ships :
I try to work the "the really picky fans" ! :D

Maybe I know why I had represented 6 ships instead of 4. As you already know, I try to show some characters who are not represented on other covers. That is the same for other things like Q-Ships. We don't see them often on other covers. So I wanted to draw them. And my enthusiam made me put 6 Q-Ships instead of 4 ;)

We are all accustomed to see Cruisers, heavy cruisers, and things like that. I've drawn one on my next illustration (In enemy hands book 1)
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kittyliker Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhhh.. your next cover...
I can't wait to see that one. :D
I'm 'reading' that book right now. (Actually listening to the audiobook, I'm very close to the end.)

And I am not surpised you drew a ship on the IEM cover, for the first part at least.

For the seocnd cover, I have the strange feeling that it might involve humans and some guns and PNS Tepes... (AKA Honor and Horace Harkness.) Though my mind reading ability is sadly subpar. Oh well.
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Ah, non-military ships, so no hammerheaded end. And the great big LAC bays, of course.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, since few illustrations I try to represent the ships as Mr Weber had imagined them.
And this illustration was THE right moment to show some Q-ships.
I will have many occasions to draw battlecruisers and other military ships. But for the Q-ship, it's more "rare" (in french). So i did them :)
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Rare is the correct term in English as well. It means "uncommon, not often".

And yes. The covers you produce are consistently beautiful, and as far as I can tell you only mess with the universe for the purposes of making a more interesting composition (so making it so that ships are close enough together that we can see more than one at a time...)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I'm aware of that. I confess that I take some liberties with the story because it would be very boring if I draw only one ship by illustration ;)

I try to mix the reality of the novel and some... tricks(?) to have a good composition at the end. I need that to bring an atmosphere, the spirit of the novel, in my covers.

At the beginning I did my own spacships (at all costs 1&2, the shadow of saganami 1, war of honor 2) but some fans were a little disappointed. So, as I work for the fans, I've decided to listen to them and now I've changed my spaceships for something more... conventionnal :)
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I've seen a lot of debates about it. Frankly, so long as it follows the vague idea of what's in the book in terms of ship shape that's fine. (I mean, I've read and seen books which appear to have negative influence on their covers. A lot of them by Baen, actually...
Put simply, the fact that you base the images off actual scenes from the books makes you better than some entire publishing companies, including Baen in the 80s and 90s.
Except when things go completely pear shaped. As TV Tropes says:


Ryk E. Spoor and Eric Flint attempted to game the trope when they wrote "Diamonds Are Forever" for Baen; figuring that the cover would depict something of the sort anyway, they included a scene in which — for entirely justifiable in-story reasons — the female lead fights a dragon while dressed in nothing but her underwear. The cover illustration ended up being based on a different scene entirely.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well. To gain in productivity, a lot of illustrators can't read the novels that they have to illustrate. Often, they just have a short briefing of five lines and they have to illustrate a book of 500 pages with that.
I can do it too. I did it on two novels because the time was really, really too short.
But I don't like that. You can't catch the spirit of a story with this method. It's a little sad... I think that it's a kind of respect for the writer to read the book before I do the cover.
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
How true.

I think the main problem that really annoys readers, though, is when illustrators default to "Women, no clothes".
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. I always laugh when I see a fantasy book female warrior with a "string-armor" or an "underwear-armor" :D
What does that mean ??? Orcs or Dragons are to silly to attack where the body is vulnerable ?
Even if I agree that it's cool to see beautiful/sexy characters on a cover, I think that you have to do it in accordance with the story. Or you have to choose another idea...
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Superbe, comme d'habitude. J'aime son air à la fois mélancolique et déterminé. Je connais pas mal de fans qui n'ont pas aimé "Mascarade silésienne", mais personnellement j'aime la façon dont Honor affronte l'adversité en essayant de donner le meilleur d'elle-même. Un peu comme dans "Mission Basilic".
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heureux que ça vous plaise :)
Visiblement l'air mélancolique mêlée d'une détermination calme a l'air de faire l'unanimité. J'avais un peu peur que ça ne fonctionne pas mais me voilà rassuré :)

C'est vrai que ça rappelle mission Basilic, encore une zone à surveiller en étant en sous effectif. C'est presque le même schéma sauf que cette fois la menace est plus active (les pirates ne restent pas en orbite contrairement au vaisseau-Q havrien de Basilic - mais ils sont moins puissants...)

J'avoue que j'apprécie beaucoup "Aux mains de l'ennemi" que je viens de terminer pour attaquer les couvertures. Ca change pas mal. Elle quitte un peu sa "tour d'ivoire". Dans beaucoup de romans elle survole les difficultés alors que là elle se retrouve vraiment dans une sale situation... :)
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Steadholder Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Truly gorgeous, as always! Your ship detail is getting awesome!!
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ;)
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Kahdrim Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb rendition of Honor as always!
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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thomasthecat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I always get excited when I see new Honor covers from you! Keep up the awesome work. :)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) And you, do you still work on the Honorverse ?
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thomasthecat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah! I am working on a big project right now in fact. :)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Can we have a scoop, a clue ? Or is it confidential ? :)
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thomasthecat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Confidential so far, but I think it's coming out next year.
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starfleet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can't be that confidential T, David gave me permission to post 2 pieces of it months ago (Drake, SLN concepts) , just the majority of the content is confidential..

Genkkis this is wonderful work.. like always though what happened to the uniform the center looks a little squashed but still beautiful work and like Thomas i always love to see more.

This one though i love the fact that the ships are right.
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thomasthecat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'd be careful, Rob. I'm not sure, but I think there are rules about when we can publish the art we're making for this project, and those rules would be defined by our contract with Baen, not David. Better check with Tom to be sure.
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starfleet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was done through Tom, I had permission (written) To post those two pieces on my Portfolio.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, warn me when it will be ready ;)
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StillDormant Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I love how you capture everything. The idea of having her 'physically' facing the ships, that they're passing her, that you have that fade at the bottom. But what I adore is the star charts you have at the back. So subtle, but brilliant.
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