Friday, July 13, 2007

ELRIC Sneak Peek

In the aforementioned issue of DEATH RAY (#2), they previewed one of the brand-new interior illustrations I've just finished for the much-anticipated Del Rey trade paperback release, ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS by Michael Moorcock (February 2008 release). DEATH RAY used the illustration as a field background and I thought they did a clever job with it. So without further ado, here's that illustration. This is the first full-pager from ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS. Medium: Pencil on cold-press illustration board.


Anonymous Scott Cupp said...

Ooooh! Aaaah! Ooooh!

10:51 AM  
Blogger David Louis Edelman said...

Dude, that illustration *so* rocks it's almost not fair. You're going to tempt me into buying a whole other set of Elric books, aren't you? Damn you, Picacio. :-)

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Christopher said...

It's been a long time since I've seen a penciled piece of art from you. I think the first thing I ever saw from you was a penciled piece (the comic sample with the kids in pirate costumes).

Very sweet illustration!

6:19 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Scott -- Many thanks. Glad you dig it. We'll catch up soon...

David -- Heh. You crack me up. Hey, if you get the new books, there's not just my work for the first book, but Kaluta will be illustrating the second, Steve Ellis the third, and Justin Sweet the fourth. No official public word on who's illustrating the fifth and sixth volumes. And if that weren't enough, the intro that Alan Moore wrote for the first volume is awesome....

Christopher -- That was a long time ago, huh? That was for an early version of a story that became "The Big Fish Story." Truth be told, everything I do starts off with pencil, so it's there underneath the paint and the finishes....maybe not to the level of execution you see here, but it's there. It's just that this time the pencil work is left all on its own. :)

11:29 PM  
Blogger Rick Klaw said...

WOW! I can't wait to see the rest of this book! WOW!


10:38 AM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

You, sir, are a wonder. Wow, indeed.

11:32 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Rick....thanks, Peggy. I appreciate it very much. Glad you dig the piece. More where this came from.....:)

4:47 PM  
Blogger William Lexner said...

In hardcovers? Please? When, where, who? My Elric collections consists of science fiction book club collections. Here's hoping.

Amazing work, as always.

I'm not a fanboy, John, really.

12:20 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hey, William! How are you, man? I miss your blog. As far as a hardcover release of this, there are no plans at the moment. Del Rey's releasing this in trade paperback because Mike really wants the book to be affordably priced for the most readers possible. At least that's my understanding. I've heard a lot of folks saying they want to see it in hardcover though. You ain't alone, that's for sure! I'd love to see that as well. But for now, that's the story. It's certainly possible that this could be a nice hardcover series, but there are no plans at this moment.

6:20 AM  

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