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Mission of Honor 2 by Genkkis Mission of Honor 2 by Genkkis
This is the second cover of the Honor Harrigton novel "Mission of Honor" written by David Weber, by courtesy of L'atalante Publishing.

Release : November 2011

Official website of L'atalante publishing : www.l-atalante.com/


Voici la seconde couverture de "En mission" écrit par David Weber, avec l'aimable autorisation des éditions L'atalante.
Parution : Novembre 2011

Site officiel des éditions l'Atalante : www.l-atalante.com/


Genkis
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MurderosZdska Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013

I...I just...

Why did they not get you to do the covers for the American versions?

Why did the French get this?

WHY CAN'T I SPEAK FRENCH?

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Genkkis Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol.
- Trying to find answers -
Maybe because I'm French ?
Maybe because I sent my portfolio to this publisher years ago and they gave me my chance ? :)
Maybe because... Well "C'est la vie" as we say in French (it is the life) ;)
But I CAN SPEAK ENGLISH A LITTLE ! Yes ! One good answer ! :D

Have a nice day and I'm happy that you like this artwork. Thanks ;)
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I, too, am jealous of the French covers.

Thank you for sharing them with all of us via DA!
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Mongler37 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Since when did the Illusive Man start working for Manpower?
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Timewyrm Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Why doesnt DA have a like button :-)
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, since his birth I guess that it was his destiny.
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Jake-Sjet Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just read this part of Mission of Honor, and you have most certainly capture the tone and feeling of that moment. Bravo. And I assume the shadowy man in the fore ground is a member of the Mesan Alignment? That or the ghost of Oscar Saint-Just.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
In my mind this man is Albrecht Deitweiller. He is watching his successful operation :)
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Jake-Sjet Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Like Nero watching Rome burn. Fantastic.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly. Very good example :)
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Jake-Sjet Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Having just now finished Mission of Honor, I can see why Albrecht Deitweiller would be quite pleased with himself. I imagine I'd want a nice drink whilst watching the final pieces of a centuries long breeding/societal program begin to bare fruit.

Can;t wait to get Rising Thunder.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes me too. I would like to know the continuation :)
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gloveslover99 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are a lot of people, starting with Honor and going right on down the line, who would like to have a word with Mr. Detweiler about those plans...
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hmsnike Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
It isn't often that a book gives me an "Oh, Shit" moment.

Oh sure, we'd heard the Mesans talking about "Operation Oyster Bay" for the last two books. We'd seen the ships they were going to do it with. But when it finally happened, and I actually read it, and saw the results, knowing what else was coming their way, there was just no other response. "Oh, Shit."

I mention this here because I get that same feeling looking at the scene as you drew it here. Well done.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
I felt the same impression when i read the novel.
Immediately, i knew that it was "the" good scene for the cover :)

Genkis
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kittyliker Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*Pages loads after searching Mission of Honor*
*Sees this*
*Sucks in breath and holds it.*
*clicks on it*
Oh. My. God. That. Is. Amazing. Wow.....Wow.... *Now breathless*
^
Seriously my reaction, Genkkis. This, in my opinion is your best cover so far. I was wondering what the next cover would depict. Now I know.

The space station (which I will assume is Hephaestus, correct me if I'm wrong,) has great detail and the flaming trail it is leaving as it enters atmosphere provides a vivid contrast against the white cloud sky of the planet and the dark star-map/space background.

It also makes the black figure watching it stand out even more and makes it look much more sinister.
(Questions)
The figure, am I right in guessing it is Albrecht Detweiler? Looks like him.
and
How long does it usually take you to make your covers?

They are all really nice and being able to admire them from the viewpoint of someone who has been taking art classes and understands some of the perils of something like this. But I'm not that good with art on the computer, could you give me an estimate (or actual time length if you record it. Whatever,) on how long it takes? I’m curious.

Thanks for making such a beautiful cover, it’s rare to find book covers which can convey so much emotion to a potential readers and people who have been reading it since it was first published AND capture the attention of Honorverse fans from around the world.

I don’t often think about what the covers of the books I read look like in France, Germany, or anywhere except here in the USA. But your covers made me think about that. I look forward to seeing each new cover as you upload them, so I compare them to the US covers, and, trust me; the English cover has always lost the battle so far.

Have a great day and may your artwork always please those who see it,
Sincerely,
Admiral of the Green Caitlyn StarNight
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hello Kitty :)

i waited for your opinion about this one... ;)
Yes it's the spacestation Haephaestus. If you zoom on it, you can see "HMSS HAEPHAESTUS" on the hull.
And yes, you're right. The black figure is Albrecht detweiler watching his "good news of the day".

About the time it takes to me to draw an illustration :
Well. At the beginning, two years ago, i worked two weeks for one illustration. The Shadow of saganami 1 & 2 needed one complete month for example.
But, illustration after illustration, i became more productive and 4 months ago i've reduced this period to 4/5 days for one illustration.

BUT, you have to know that i painted with a mouse, not a tablet wacom ! Since 4 months i've bought a wonderful wacom cintiq. At last !!!!!

And now i can say that i take 7 days of reflexion to find a good idea, 1 days for the sketch, 2 days for the final work.

So you can count 2/3 days of real work for an illustration.
But it's very intense. I start at 10 a.m and i finish between 3 and 6 at night. At the end i'm a little tired ;)

Have a nice day

Genkis
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Kahdrim Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
J'ai vraiment grincé les dents de rage lors de ce passage de la saga. Ce sont des temps bien sombres pour Manticore...J'espère que ces ---biip--- de Mesans vont avoir ce qu'ils méritent, je veux être là quand on les pendra par les tripes!
Une couverture magnifique et triste pour illustrer cet épisode. Superbe travail comme d'habitude.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oui, mais en même temps cela apporte un rebondissement important à l'histoire. Auquel vient s'ajouter les escarmouches avec la ligue et l'alliance avec Havre. Autant dire que ça promet pour la suite :)

Et les Mesans vont certainement... connaître une époque compliquée ;)

Genkis
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starfleet Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful, nice way to catch the image of Oyster Bay.. i figure it's really that.. or a image of how it effects honor personally.. something like what you have here but as a full page spread that shows the fall + the actual effect of vulcan and hesp and the rest being taken out...

But anyway what is here is Beautiful Genkkis.. it captures the moment even if it has a little bit of the 'mass effect' feel (the room with the man watching).
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
At the beginning the illustration only showed the fall of the spacestation. And it wasn't really cool, something missed.
After a discussion with my wife (who is my muse) we had the idea of this spectator.
I think that it's the archetype of the great evil guys like Palpatine, the Dr No, the boss of Cerberus...
I really love this kind of character since i was fifteen :D

Genkis
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GraysonPaladin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Dear... Dear God in Heaven. You really have out done yourself this time Genkkis. The cover is so simple yet you capture one of the saddest, and most powerful scenes in the entire series perfectly. So much death... so much destruction...

I can probably take a guess at who the man is watch the destruction, and that man will have a cozy place in Hell along with all the other genocidal megalomaniacs with delusions of godhood.

GraysonPaladin
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Well, as i said to Padawanmage, for me it's one of the most important scenes of all the novels.
And yes, you certainly could guess who is this man.
He is the architect of this attack. It's not his first massacre, and not his last i guess... Always in shadow, far from the battlefields...

Have a nice week-end :)

Genkis
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Padawanmage Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Beautiful. You captured the one scene that was so powerful, I almost cried.
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Genkkis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
When i've read the book, i thought that it was THE most important scene of the novel. Besides it's one of the most important events of all the serie (not the only one of course).
The consequences will be very, very heavy for the empire.
And readers have lost some importants places and characters in this cataclysm...
This scene deserve the cover...

See you for the following HH covers :)

Genkis
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