Tribute Illustrations

The Only Good Indians

Tribute Illustration for The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, I really really liked this book, It starts with a big traumatic event, and four friends, the friends grow up, some stay, some leave but one by one they begin to get hunted down, each of their stories is gory, scary, full of Indian folk and traditions. The voice, the tone and the point of view is so great to read. He has so many other good books another one of my favorites is Mongrels. View Process Video.

The Outsider

Tribute illustration for The Outsider by Stephen King, I’ve only read some of the newer materials from Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes, and a couple of others, therefore I see his work on a surface level. I love how this book peaks so earlier and you are thinking ok, now what, but there really is more it’s a fake summit, the story is full of thrills, ups and downs, plus the folklore legend was really cool. I loved the interaction of the characters and was thrilled to have Holly join the ranks. Great read, goes by quick. View Process Video.

Mexican Gothic

Tribute Illustration for Mexican Gothic a book by Silvia Moreno Garcia, I really thoroughly enjoyed this book, It takes place in Mexico in the 1950s, Great characters, a great story, and just really creepy. a must-read. big fan of her work. View Process Video.

The Dogs Stars

Tribute Illustration for The Dogs Stars, a book by Peter Heller, one of my favorite authors, I have read about 5 of his books, but this book was the first one I ever read, several years ago, and I wanted to give it a revisit. BTW it still so good, I love the story of the main characters and his dog, the weird pandemic, and especially his resourcefulness, he is not a perfect character, he is flawed and that makes him a really easy character to relate to. Loved this book. View Process Video.

Rise Again

Tribute illustration for Rise Again a book by @benwtripp , if you read this book, you’ll probably think “been there done that” but this book was ahead of its time, published in 2010, the zombies, the characters, the heroine, and the stories that bind the group together, are still so solid and stand the test of time. This is my second time reading it and I still loved such a great read. View Process Video.

Magic for Liars

Tribute illustration for Magic for Liars an awesome book by @gaileyfrey this book was great, a really good take on the-who-done-it troupe but done really well, with some out of left field twists, I really enjoyed it. And the scene that really stuck with me was a student being exploded with magic, this is my interpretation of that scene. Enjoy. View Process Video.

The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls a book by Kate Moore, tribute illustration, Such a great book on an obscure and terrifying time in the manufacturing process and all of the mistakes and lives it ruined. I really enjoyed the part of sharing the life of the women and then all of the litigation and cover-up. And it has a lot of personalities not just facts. This book with some heavy medical descriptions and the part about the jaw is what stuck with me. Radium poison was caused by the girls pressing the brush loaded with radium paint to color the dials of watches. View Process Video.

Cold Storage

Cold Storage tribute illustration, I’ve been really enjoying all the books so far and my favorites are getting a tribute illustration as a review. But this book had me right from the start, this book had science, well kind of, this book had it all for me at least, Zombies (kind of, but not enough) science, underground stuff (caving would have been better), black-ops projects, cordyceps and romance (also kind of). Really enjoyed it. View Process Video.

Baby Teeth

Tribute illustration for “Baby Teeth” an awesomely creepy book by Zoje Stage. Dark thoughts from a smart and creepy child, this illustration was a struggle, I love the book, therefore, I had to do the tribute illustration but I’m not very good with a face even worse at kid faces plus I wanted the little girl to look innocent but manipulative and the mom fragile and distraught. @zoje.stage_author . View Process Video.

The Boatman’s Daughter

Tribute Illustrations for Boatman’s Daughter, this was great it had, lore, witchcraft, drug-running, and swamps. This illustration is based on a jar that is found in the book, plus a couple of the elements related to it, I really wanted to create a way to show how the church and the objects were inside the liquid, done by exploring different color shades in a monotone palette. View Process Video.

The Silent Land

Tribute cover for The Silent Land by Graham Joyce, a little different color scheme than what I’ve been doing. But learning the subtle details of snow. I didn’t know what to expect from this book, it’s started on a picturesque vacation and then nature happens. I really liked the montage of exploring the town and eating and drinking, but every story must come to an end. It was full of twists and turns. View Process Video.

The Shining Girls

Tribute book cover for “the shining girls” a book by laurenbeuke , this was such a great book fast-paced based in Chicago, freaking solid. Serial Killer with some special talents and the badass chick young lady that takes him down.

The Toll

Tribute illustration for “The Toll” an awesome book by Cherie Priest. I’ve found a good rhythm between reading and illustrating, but there always a lot of other things to do in between. The goal for this year is to read 40 books so I’ll keep doing illustration here and there for these books, it’s a way of reviewing books but in a visual form. View Process Video.

Broken Monsters

Tribute cover for Broken Monster an awesome thrilling book by Lauren Beukes. This book has some gnarly scenes, and instead of just recreation those scenes I went in a different direction, kinda before the tragedy starts with the deer, the book takes place in Detroit. Read this book. View Process Video.

The Twisted Ones

Tribute book Cover for “The Twisted Ones” by T. Kingfisher.  This book had a twist on the classic tale of folk/fairy tale, with a mix of modern life, secret societies, a hoarder’s dream, and really cool creatures. I’ve been really enjoying this illustration exploration, and it’s a way for me too; number 1, read more, I have a 40 book goal this year, number 2, express my interpretation of the content of the book. It’s also a thank you to the author for their kick-ass story. View Process Video.


Horror Book Cover exercise inspired by Violet a novel by Thomas Scott. Violet is a story about a woman trying to figure her life out after going through a tragic event and going back to the cabin where she grew up in the hills of Kansas. She then starts to remember the stories of her youth and the moments she didn’t remember, little by little everything comes back together and her daughter starts to see the imaginary friends she had once as a child, one of the creepiest books I have read. View Process Video.

Kill Creek

Horror Book Cover exercise inspired by Kill Creek by Thomas Scott. Kill Creek is a story about 4 authors coming together for a one night only event, except the effects of the meeting don’t stop after the night ends, it follows them back to their homes. I wanted to try a new color scheme. Also as a designer/artist, I have always had a hard time merging both but practice makes, not perfect but confident. View Process Video.

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