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Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL

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Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by JoellePresby   » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:55 pm

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AND THERE WAS COVER ART!!! (Yes, I'm excited.)

The Road to Hell - Baen Books - David Weber and Joelle Presby
http://www.daveseeley.com/p78742369/h167D3299#h167d3299

I've got no idea what the final art will look like. But I stumbled across this on Dave Seeley's website. And since it is already on the internet, I figured you should get to know it's out there.

-Joelle Presby
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Re: Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by Randallw   » Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:18 am

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Very nice. I've nearly finished rereading the first book in preparation for book 3 (even though that won't be till next year :( ). It's different from the cover of book 1. The Sharonans look very German, apart from their uniforms being brown instead of grey. Also, the dragon looks more like a fellbeast. Overall the whole thing looks more realistic. I hope we can get it as a poster. The only problem is it says it was taken/painted 2 years ago. Is that an error?
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Re: Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by turol   » Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:12 am

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Re: Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by Howard T. Map-addict   » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:33 am

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AsIRecallTheBook, the dragon is flying by at 200MPH.

The Pilot is laying prone on the dragon's neck,
behind a windscreen grown from it's scales.
He cannot stand up on the neck as if rowing a boat;
the dragon flies much too fast!

HTM

JoellePresby wrote:AND THERE WAS COVER ART!!! (Yes, I'm excited.)

The Road to Hell - Baen Books - David Weber and Joelle Presby
http://www.daveseeley.com/p78742369/h167D3299#h167d3299

I've got no idea what the final art will look like. But I stumbled across this on Dave Seeley's website. And since it is already on the internet, I figured you should get to know it's out there.

-Joelle Presby
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Re: Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by Randallw   » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:38 pm

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Yeah, I started HHNF yesterday and noticed that. HG's cover has an Arcanan soldier on a barded horse, wielding an axe, so I guess it's too much to expect the artist to read through the book.
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Re: Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by Keith_w   » Sat May 16, 2015 7:03 am

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Randallw wrote:Yeah, I started HHNF yesterday and noticed that. HG's cover has an Arcanan soldier on a barded horse, wielding an axe, so I guess it's too much to expect the artist to read through the book.


As has been pointed out in other forums, artists generally don't get the opportunity to read the book, generally they get "give me a picture of a guy on a rearing horse with an axe hitting a guy on the ground and blood flying" sort of instructions.
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Re: Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by Randallw   » Sat May 16, 2015 7:40 am

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I read an article about '50s sci fi and that problem. They always seemed to default to some monster or robot holding a screaming woman even if that had nothing to do with the story.

Also my original post seems to be a bit sarcastic when, as I said, I knew that artists are too busy to be reading through every book they do.
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Re: Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by Michael Everett   » Sat May 16, 2015 11:10 am

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I've always thought that the cover of a book is intended to reflect the general direction of the story. If you look at Star Trek TNG books, (of which there were over 70), only one of the books actually had a cover that was a scene in the actual book itself (I can't remember which book it was, but it had Riker in a snowstorm, confronting a bear-like monster).
The cover of RTH has someone on a dragon facing off against people using artillery..
That seems to match the general thrust of the story...
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Re: Dave Seeley Cover Art for THE ROAD TO HELL
Post by brnicholas   » Sun May 17, 2015 10:29 am

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It is Battle Dragons where the pilot rides that way and the dragon moves that fast. As I understand the descriptions on Transport Dragons the pilot rides as shown in the picture and carries a staff of some type which he can use like spurs.

Nicholas

Howard T. Map-addict wrote:AsIRecallTheBook, the dragon is flying by at 200MPH.

The Pilot is laying prone on the dragon's neck,
behind a windscreen grown from it's scales.
He cannot stand up on the neck as if rowing a boat;
the dragon flies much too fast!

HTM

JoellePresby wrote:AND THERE WAS COVER ART!!! (Yes, I'm excited.)

The Road to Hell - Baen Books - David Weber and Joelle Presby
http://www.daveseeley.com/p78742369/h167D3299#h167d3299

I've got no idea what the final art will look like. But I stumbled across this on Dave Seeley's website. And since it is already on the internet, I figured you should get to know it's out there.

-Joelle Presby
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