The Island and the Plough : Cover Art

Things are moving really fast for this project; I love it.  Here is the cover for “The Island and the Plough.”  In keeping with the entire style, the cover is, of course, black and white.  The format is going to be square, likely 8″x8″ but it will mostly depend on the publisher/printer specs.  I have seen other square sizes in either 7″x7″ or 10″x10″.  I’d love some feedback, so by all means post any critiques or comments.  Cheers, Jack.

The Cover Art for "The Island and the Plough"

The Island and the Plough : Hard at Work

My inkings in progress.  I have a fire under me this weekend for some reason; I hope to accomplish a large majority of the illustrations for “The Island and the Plough” (or “The Island and the Plow”) so I can get into the computer at do the typography.  I specifically designed this project to have a lot of negative space, which plays into the story, to keep the project manageable since so many of my past projects quickly become overwhelming.

SketchbookJack The Island and the Plow Workspace

"The Island and the Plough" inkings in progress

Character design

Here is the more or less final character design for the protagonist in “The Island and the Plough.”  He is a father, but I want him to have a weathered and wise look, so the thick beard adds that I think; however, it is integral to the story that he learns and is not too wise, so I still want to maintain an innocence which I think can been achieved through the large simple eyes.

SketchbookJack The Island and the Plow Fiep Design

Character design for Fiep from “The Island and the Plough”

The Island and the Plough

Here is the very first image of my current project, “The Island and the Plough” or “The Island and the Plow” (I’ll have to decide on the spelling shortly.) done on a notepad as an expressive gesture drawing but turned out to say more than I thought it would.  The story revolves around this farm house built on an island where a small family lives.  I have begun writing the story; it will be told in a children’s fable style.

Fiep, a farmer and father lives, basically stranded, on an island where they have a large apple tree, their house, and a small farm.  The family lives quite happily there until the winter comes along and they realize this year’s harvest did not yield enough to get them through the winter.    I won’t reveal the rest of the story, but it involves Fiep getting off the island but in a very unusual and unexpected way.

I hope you will follow along as “The Island and the Plough” unfolds.  Cheers, Jack.

SketchbookJack The Island and the Plow

The very first gestural concept for "The Island and the Plough"