Monday, January 14, 2008

ELRIC: TSOS Sneak Peek #1

Two of my interior illustrations for Michael Moorcock's ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS...this top drawing was first unveiled back in July. The one below is today's sneak peek. Since these are interior illustrations intended to complement the author's words, they don't officially have titles. However, if I had to make an unofficial title for the top image, I would call it, "Elric the Damned." If I had to do one for the bottom image, I would call it "Darnizhaan Rises."

Both, pencil on crescent board, 11"x17". Lots more interiors like these, when ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS releases next month from Ballantine/Del Rey. I'll post another sneak peek next week.


Blogger Lou Anders said...


2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just incredible, John. I saw these live in Saratoga and was blow away by them.

jeff ford

8:20 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Lou.....thanks, Jeff. Much appreciated. Before the release date (I think it's Feb. 19th), I'll have a few drawings posted here that you didn't see at World Fantasy/Saratoga.

8:19 AM  
Blogger francis tsai said...

Wow very impressive stuff! I will have to look out for that book, if it's got a lot of this type of stuff.

Keep up the great work!

5:26 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Francis!

Hey, man -- I went and checked out your blog and site and saw the growing diversity of work you've got over there, which was terrific. What blew me away today though is to find out that we're both graduates of UT Austin School of Architecture! Holy cow!

Small world, huh? I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1992. You went on and got your Masters. Too good. Definitely stay in touch, man.

Hook 'em! :)

9:07 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

By the way: I need to eventually add Francis Tsai's blog to my list of blogs, but in the meantime, visit him at:

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's something about seeing people in contrast to the demon that just makes me gleeful...

12:11 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Ryan. :) Much appreciated.

I'll have more of these in the coming weeks, until the book releases on Feb. 19.

8:43 AM  
Blogger lemec said...

I am astonished once more!

Spectacular work!

I am certain to be pleasantly overwhelmed when I get to see the entire book!

9:02 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Lemec. Yeah, I'll be curious to hear what you think about the rest of the book when it comes out. I'll have more of these posting up every Monday, until the book releases. You still thinking about coming to the Austin Books/February 23rd Launch Party?

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Doc said...

I cut my teeth on Gould's Elric, so those were always the images that stayed in my head when I thought of Elric. I think your work has changed that. Great, great stuff. (As usual!)

2:12 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Wow, that's extremely high praise, Doc. Thanks very much. I'll probably share the following note next week on the Miscellany Board, but here you go.....the Darnizhaan drawing has a direct relationship with you and a few of the other Miscellany Dwellers. When the first words of encouragement started coming in about my drawings from you and the Miscellany, it really pumped me up and focused me. I was just starting work on the Darnizhaan drawing. Probably no coincidence that it may be one of the best of the whole book. I appreciate the kind words of everyone at the Miscellany and they kept me focused during a lot of late nights. You're the hardcore Moorcock fans, and I know you don't pull punches. So it means a lot to hear from you.

9:54 PM  
Blogger lemec said...

Hi John,

Yes,I have been thinking of a good plan to get to Texas for the Elric Release Party. :)

I might be able to attend the event,I would really enjoy that.


9:45 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Joe -- It would be awesome to see you next month! I know it's a long haul for you, but I hope you can make it. :)

10:21 PM  

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