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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by Hutch   » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:56 pm

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And since this thread got bumped anyway, here are the two newest covers, both from Cauldron of Ghosts (many European booksellers turns the MWW books into two books),

Part 1: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Cover-Cau ... -609528776

Part 2: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Cover-Cau ... -602679774
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by Genkis   » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:53 am

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Wow... It's been a while since my last visit on this forum. I'm sorry, so busy... And I have my habits on Facebook and Deviant Art... Well, I just wanted to share my new Honorverse cover for "the service of the sword".
http://genkkis.deviantart.com/art/Honor ... -651690529
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by Genkis   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:13 pm

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Hi :)

here is my new Honorverse'cover. It's for the second part of "shadow of victory" ;)
The first one will be available in 2 weeks

https://genkkis.deviantart.com/art/Shad ... -716190466
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by glott   » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:31 pm

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Genkis wrote:Hi :)

here is my new Honorverse'cover. It's for the second part of "shadow of victory" ;)
The first one will be available in 2 weeks

https://genkkis.deviantart.com/art/Shad ... -716190466


Thanks for the link to your new cover. I can't read French and my budget doesn't stretch to cover books I can't read. But I really enjoy your cover art. And it truly is art.
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by Genkis   » Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:17 am

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glott wrote:Thanks for the link to your new cover. I can't read French and my budget doesn't stretch to cover books I can't read. But I really enjoy your cover art. And it truly is art.

-------->Well, I guess that reading in French is not that easy. As English was hard for me when I was a rookie ;)
It's just for the pleasure of sharing stuff with people who know/love the Honorverse :D
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by Genkis   » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:25 am

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Here is my new Honorverse'cover. It's for Shadow of Victory 1. Remember that the French publisher divide big books in 2 opus. That's why there are 2 covers for shadow of victory ;)

Hope that you'll like it :)

https://genkkis.deviantart.com/art/Shad ... -718446414
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by Genkis   » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:04 am

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And this is the 42th illustration for Honor Harrington, "Ashes of victory" 2 !
This is the cover of the Honorverse book "Ashes of victory" 2 written by David Weber, by courtesy of L'atalante Publishing.
Release with the new cover : 2018
Official website of L'atalante publishing : http://www.l-atalante.com/

See you soon with new illustrations ;)

https://www.deviantart.com/genkkis/art/ ... -774243526
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by TFLYTSNBN   » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:25 am

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Genkis wrote:And this is the 42th illustration for Honor Harrington, "Ashes of victory" 2 !
This is the cover of the Honorverse book "Ashes of victory" 2 written by David Weber, by courtesy of L'atalante Publishing.
Release with the new cover : 2018
Official website of L'atalante publishing : http://www.l-atalante.com/

See you soon with new illustrations ;)

https://www.deviantart.com/genkkis/art/ ... -774243526



I really like the illustration of Queen Elizebeth wearing red.
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by Genkis   » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:14 am

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Well, I was quite happy when I drew the queen Elizabeth in red. And I loved drawing her and Pritchard with their flags torn... I wanted to symbolize their fate and all their suffering - but always with dignity.
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Re: Genkis latest Honorverse cover
Post by runsforcelery   » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:10 am

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fallsfromtrees wrote:Since when has conformance to the text ever bothered an artist in the throes of creativity when doing a book cover?


Genkis wrote:When you create a cover you have several possibilities
- You can illustrate one specific scene
- try to (re)create the atmosphere of the novel (only if the illustrator read it, lots of us don't read books before they illustrate it because they don't have enough time,)
- or make something completly free in order o make something cool even if it doesn't represent the story(many covers are done this way)

I choose to make a mix between the two first option. I always read the book (except 2 or 3 novels when the deadline was too close). So I take an important scene, or two, I make a mix between them. And I try to show the atmosphere of the book. I won't draw a kiss between two characters if it's a story about an epic battle for example ;)


fallsfromtrees wrote:My apologies if you took my humorous jest as a denigration of your work. You are clearly an artist of great talent, and I find your work exceptional. It is just that I seen all too many book covers where the artist clearly used option 3.

Again, my apologies if I have offended you.


I've worked with artists for the better part of fifty years. A lot of that was when I was doing PR and advertising, and I figured out early on that if you put too many constraints on the artist — if the artist gets too bogged down in trying to give you exactly the illustration you've described — then he's not doing what you hired him to do: his best work.

Books are collaborations between the writer and the reader. Every single person out there visualizes Honor Harrington differently from the way that I do, and every single one of you has your own visualization of what a starship looks like, or a pulser, or any one of a hundred other things that are routinely described in the books. Artists are no different in that respect, but they are charged with creating a physical image of what they visualize, and of doing it in a way which will be effective. Usually that means being aesthetically pleasing, but not always. Sometimes effective is accomplished by being jarring, by making someone look twice or even three times while they try to figure out what's going on.

David Mattingly is one of my favorite artists. I personally think that the cover for Uncompromising Honor is one of the best he's done, and he is always extraordinarily careful about uniform details, whether Honor is being a Manty or a Grayson this week, exactly what's going on in a particular scene. I'm always delighted to answer his questions, but I believe that I have ever told him "and this is the way you should do it," because what he does is something that I can't.

The same is true of Genkis. I really like almost all of the US market Honorverse covers, especially after David came in and restored order! :roll: But I like the European covers, too, and it's always fascinating to see a different take on the stories. I can't remember a French cover that I disliked, and many of them I have liked every bit as much as any of the US covers. In particular, I really like the cover Genkis has done for Service of the Sword. It's not how the scene actually played out, but it is exactly the way the scene would have played out if Michael Oversteegen had come back for them.

Just thought I'd throw in my two cents worth (which, of course, is worth only 1.8 euro cents!) :)


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