Tech Designs for Romina Russell’s “Zodiac” Novels

Zodiac_Items

– Zodiac Technology from the book series “Zodiac” by Romina Russell

I’m a big fan of drawing fantasy weapons and talismans, but this is my first set of a more sci fi nature. They are made for the universe of the Zodiac books by Romina Russell. The author is incredibly kind and fantastic. You can read more about the book series here. I’m crazy about her books, and can’t wait for the last book to come out! It’ll be on the shelves in Coles/Chapters/Indigo around December 6th.
These are the computer-like devices used in the different constellation systems that the lovely author @rominagarber invented. I can’t wait to read more about the Scorpio paintbrushes in the third book!

Author’s Website
Twitter
Instagram

Advertisements

Alternate Covers: Dustlands Trilogy

– New Cover designs for Dustalnds trilogy books 2: Rebel heart, and 3:Ranging Star

Yet another YA Novel Cover project, this time for the Dustlands Trilogy by Moira Young. They compliment the designs of the original cover for Dustlands 1: Blood Red Road. Now there is an alternative set for readers to choose from, if they were fans of that first book’s original design.

Variant Covers for “Crewel World” Series

Altered
Unraveled
AlteredSmall UnraveledSmall
– Variant covers for the Crewel World series by Gennifer Albin

c_crewelThis project has a bit of a backstory: The first novel of the trilogy (Crewel) had a very unique cover design by Christian Fuenfhausen, as seen on the left.The subsequent covers had a very different look, and where designed by Larry Restant. The first book was reprinted with a new cover, also designed by him, to match. Now all copies of the triology have the matching covers (as seen bellow).

– Original cover of the novel in the series, “Crewel”

This project was an attempt to make a new set of the 2nd and 3rd books to compliment Christian Fuenfhausen’s cover. Now there is an alternative set for readers to choose from, if they were fans of that first book’s original design.

Crewel_FINAL_CVR altered albin Altered– Complete set by Larry Restant

Emotion Bestiary

These illustrations are intended for a book, specifically a bestiary detailing the behvaiours, dangers and coping mechanisms associated with different emotions. These emotions are shown as beasts. This bestiary would be a guide for navigating through the world of your mind, and how to defeat bad emotions, and encourage good ones.

This was executed for my Thesis class for my final year at Sheridan. Everything was of my creation, including concept and research.

SamRussell_Fear    SamRussell_ContentLove

Fear
is a shape shifter, a stalker made of smoke. It will feed on every worry and build itself up until you turn around and face it.
Tranquility and Love are sister spites. Tranquility is made of blue skies and still waters. Love is a storm that turns twisted when separated from her sister. They must be sought out and cherished.

SamRussell_Misery    SamRussell_GuiltShame

Misery is a slow-moving harpy, grounded by broken wings. If you give in to her siren’s embrace, your energy drains away. She must always be fought.
Guilt and Shame are brother tricksters, made of stone. They will hide their true natures, and try to trap you. They cannot be trusted. You must never listen to them, no matter what you see or hear.

SamRussell_Frivolity   SamRussell_Rage

Frivolity is a childish sprite, made of light and song. She wreaks havoc if left to run amok. She must always be bound, but never too tight for she is also Joy.
Rage is a screaming beast, made of molten heat and lightning speed. He often keeps company with Fear. He must be waited out with immobile patience.

Little Red Animation

 


The Adventure of Little Red – Animation
Here is my first attempt at a finished motion comic. The transitions after the page turns are super choppy, but otherwise I’m satisfied.

Comic: A fully rendered comic of an updated version of an old fairytale. I chose Little Red Riding Hood, using a Japanese spin. The fox is a Kitsune – a type of fox spirit known for being able to shape-shift and create will-o-wisps. It was also inspired by a Japanese version of rock-paper-scissors, where the fox beats the village leader (here represented by his daughter-little red), hunter beats the fox, and the village leader outranks the hunter.

Little Red Page 1Little Red Page 2Little Red Page 3