last fall Tor.com released the short story The Freedom of Navid Leahy by Jenna Helland. i was delighted to be asked to capture the feverish energy of the young hero. working with Irene Gallo is always a fearful delight. her reputation has grown immensely since we first worked together a decade ago. her current garnering of the Richard Gangle Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators shows that i am not alone in praising her work. her passion for narrative imagery is contagious and just goes to show that if you work for her your 'A-Game' is gonna step up. there is no other option. when you work with someone like her the stars are bound to align.
in the story there is a mysterious ship in the middle of Mast Square.
this gave us a great excuse to build that Jolly Roger model that my oldest son received from a past Christmas. his assistance on this build and even on the final shoot proved to be quite valuable. he has a playful, yet sharp eye, that i see i need to learn from.
flushing out the character
a sequence of the shots taking while building and assembling the final illustration.