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The Book of Ember series with Penguin Random House

These book covers were done for a Penguin Random house re-packaging of the Book of Ember book series. Here are the final images front and back without text added. We had quite the journey with these babies to say the least, I can just say that I learned a lot about myself as a professional illustrator and hope to take that knowledge with me in future endeavors. I ended up with the above 4 finals as I promised them before I left on a long trip to Europe. While I was away they decided they changed their minds (again) and wanted to re-do books 2 and 3. At this point I was way beyond my time on this series and on to other projects, so we hired my awesome and amazingly talented buddy Bryan Lashelle to finish the new versions of books 2 and 3 while I art directed and did paintovers. 

 

Below are some Roughs I did for the series. I did around 40 total but here are some of the most significant and some I personally like better than the final direction. 

Some examples of the roughs for book 1

Some examples of the roughs for book 1

Another rough from book 1 on the left with a rough from book 2 on the right. We were going to show the conflict that happens in book 2 between the two worlds colliding.

Another rough from book 1 on the left with a rough from book 2 on the right. We were going to show the conflict that happens in book 2 between the two worlds colliding.

More people of Sparks roughs showing the conflict. I'm glad I didn't have to paint all of those people...

More people of Sparks roughs showing the conflict. I'm glad I didn't have to paint all of those people...

This was my favorite idea for the people of sparks cover.  But they didn't want to show the characters faces.

This was my favorite idea for the people of sparks cover.  But they didn't want to show the characters faces.

Some roughs from the 3rd book, "The Diamond of Darkhold.

Some roughs from the 3rd book, "The Diamond of Darkhold.

Roughs for the last book in the series, "the Prophet of Yonwood" This book seemed to go the smoothest.

Roughs for the last book in the series, "the Prophet of Yonwood" This book seemed to go the smoothest.

Here are the final books printed

Here are the final books printed

They ended up doing a nice gloss ink on the bulb area and matte finish on the rest. The back cover pretty much got darkened and covered with text and images.

They ended up doing a nice gloss ink on the bulb area and matte finish on the rest. The back cover pretty much got darkened and covered with text and images.