This is a closeup of part of the case cover, the painting that goes on the hardback of the book itself. It’s printed and mounted directly to the book boards. You’ve seen this done a lot for children’s books. If a child tears the jacket off, the same image is still on the book. (You'll get to see the full piece on publication. Grin.)
These are two of a bunch of very loose sketches of ideas for the piece which will wrap around the cover, spine and all. I was open to doing many different approaches, from montage to single image. I’m a fan of still life because of the way it freezes a scene, yet projects activity into the objects, like an after-image of who might’ve held or used the items. So I drew one up and when I showed the idea to my editor, he responded positively right away.
You see, he was taught how to use this equipment while in the Air Service, during airship duty, in a time when they’re rediscovering old technology and the planet is covered in endless snow from pole to pole and…
…well, you’ll get to know all that when the novel comes out this October!