• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



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The Art of the Tree …

Check out the gorgeous cover art for Tymon’s Flight by Mary Victoria, out in July this year. Mary’s partner Frank Victoria of Weta Workshop was the creator of this gorgeous piece.

Tymon’s Flight is the story of a boy who dreams outside the confines of his world … in which he lives, along with thousands of others, among the branches of the great World Tree …


20 Responses

  1. I love it!!! And I didn’t realise that Mary’s partner was doing the artwork!

    Mary, tells us how it was done? Maya? Wacom? Hand painted? Give us the dige!

    So beautiful!

  2. That is one gorgeous painting!

    • Thanks Glenda! Didn’t see your reply till now – odd. Voyager has good taste in cover art, eh? πŸ˜‰

  3. Thanks Kim! It was done on Photoshop with a wacom tablet, which is how Frank does most of his illustration work for the studio. Except that he didn’t incorporate photos and the work is entirely ‘hand done’, as it were – it simply uses digital paint instead of real paint. πŸ˜‰

    • That’s pretty much how Aaron did mine, wacom in PS. There were some 3D elements–the mountains–the rest ‘hand painted’.

      I agree with Tim. It is such an engaging fantasy tree! Love it!

      • I love the flexibility of digital painting. It takes just as much artistry to pull of a great image, of course, but the medium is very free – plenty of ways of going about things.

        Frank is a big fan of traditional oil and acrylic etc painting on canvas, and transposes that love to his digital work. He gets a kick out of studying ‘making of’ videos of his favourite illustrators and concept artists at work…

      • Love the making of clips! Aaron’s done one for POTS. Just waiting for the design elements to go on for the final frame.

        Did you do digital painting at WETA?

      • No Kim, I was an animator… working in Maya at the time. And yes re your comment below – cue Jimi Hendrix!

  4. Wow! That is a really fine example of a fantasy forest!

  5. Fabulous! I can’t wait to see what it looks like with all the other elements put together. Doesn’t it make it all so much more “real” when you have a cover? (Not that *I* have ever had one, but I live vicariously ;o) )

  6. Great cover piece! I love the gnarled and twisted branches bottom left. So cool! Wish that guy took scenic tourist flights. I’d be on board in a second πŸ™‚
    When does the book hit shelves in NZ?

    • Hi Matty! It hits shelves sometimes around end July/start August, I believe… I haven’t had a final say so on that. πŸ™‚

  7. Great! What a lovely piece of work. Beautiful stuff Frank or, as you Frenchmen say, “el magnifico!”

  8. Thanks Kim! It was done on Photoshop with a wacom tablet, which is how Frank does most of his illustration work for the studio. Except that he didn’t incorporate photos and the work is entirely ‘hand done’, as it were – it simply uses digital paint instead of real paint.

  9. Purple haze does it: good one, Mary. πŸ™‚

    Yes, that does crteate a lot of the atmosphere, but I was also thinking of the sheer scale of the tree, emphasised by the buildings on branch and the flying boat-like vessel with the two characters in it.

    • Yes, the world of this story is actually a giant tree, a World Tree. Think of a continent-sized boabab with literally miles of branches twisting through each other. πŸ˜‰

    • He’s done a lovely job of emphasizing that, hasn’t he? I just love that twisting massive endless branch the city is on. And it wouldn’t be the same without the people and machine in the foreground, you’re right.

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