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Green Rider: Cover Art by pallanoph Green Rider: Cover Art by pallanoph
Is there a category for book cover illustration, or have I missed it entirely? :noes:

Here's a project I've been wanting to share for a while now, and since the books only hit the shelves in the last couple of months (in the UK and Australia, that is) I'm free and clear to throw these up for you to look at.

This is the first cover illustration out of four that I completed for Kristen Britain's "Green Rider" fantasy series, published by the Orion Publishing Group / Gollancz in London. For those of you wanting to see the full cover as seen on the books, you can check them out on Amazon: [link] I'll probably be posting up the finished covers as they appear when I get my files. :) The format of this illustration is due to the fact that it was envisioned to wrap around to the back cover, in case it looks awkward here on its own without the text and other elements. :lol: (Now I wonder if I've forgotten to add any other bits of information...)

Check out the cover for the second book, "First Rider's Call" here: Because it's my favorite of the four. Go!

Good ol' pencils on vellum bristol. And several hours of work!

Art April Schumacher 2011.
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eucratidean Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
Fantastically drawn!
S0ngSparr0w Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016   Traditional Artist
horseyyay Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
*dies* OMG!!! I can add these to my wallpaper collection :) this has literally made my day! I loved your cover art from the first second I picked up the books and make sure I only ever buy the copies with your art on them :)

*runs off to ogle your gallery*
coolwomen1234 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
i love its wings
Animallover528 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAT IS SO GOOD, love the wings!!!!!!
Naga-Hunter Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
I love the cover art so much that I made sure to only by the books with this style. So beautiful. Truthfully it was the art that made me look at the books to begin with. So thank you!!!
Sukiao Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Omdays....You did these?? I....I literally only picked these books to read because I fell in love with the cover..and I thought, A cover that good couldn't surely be a rubbish read. I know terrible of me to judge a cover but your cover art really pulled me in. Seriously thank you, because without you I would have never brought the books. And I LOVE the books.
drooldys Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome
username667 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
I just finished Blackveil for the 2nd time.
It's 5 am and I have Mirror Sight on my lap.
THE HYPE IS REAL but I should go to sleep.

I hope I'm not disappointed by the ending...
sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Pity we don't have that version here, I got the first book recently but it has another cover. :shrug:
hollyleaf12345 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
The very reason I picked up this book was because of the cover, I am so excited to find it on DeviantArt!
Well done for such great piece of art and an eye catching cover Heart 
Benaissa-Bendaoud Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   General Artist
beautiful work
zezosquall Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
amazing indeedHeart 
Mr----Blue Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
your  artwork   make  me  craze.
ms-amber Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful. Great detail. I'd really like to see a full sketch without pieces being cut off.
YaNeferMaat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Lovely! Your horse is very well done. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on providing the cover illustrations for these books.
Rui-Shi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Saw this in my local book store and instantly knew it was you! Really adore this, Im a fan of simple (?) book covers.
Jezzy-Art Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my God. This series. Gives me the feels, it does. 
Iloveyoukisshu Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really beautiful.^^:heart:
AkaiSereya Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with your drawing, I truly am...  Love Drunk
ilikeeatingcatnipi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
u drew that i has the book the pic is amazin
Poetevill Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
queen-of-olympus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm reading these!
Javashot Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
This is amazing, i could complement this with hundreds of different words and it still wouldn't do it justice.
AthenaTT Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
bellequine Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah this is amazing!
Nocnean Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Man you're impressive. This is so amazing
SaintArtemis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
CarrotFarmer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's beautful! :hooray:
rabbitt-lord Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this picture! The feathers are amazing!
GoldenSagittarii Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
The best part of the piece is how you go to the trouble of giving detail to the strands of hair and fur on the body and have the same care in the wings who draw our attention right in the beginning.
Riri1984 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Atelophobic Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
This is absolutely stunning, although I'm sure by now, the thousands of favourites proves it. ^^
WhatItMeansToBeHuman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I soooo love that cover^^
It's the reason I picked up the book in the first place!
SliverTiger Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AxolotlJ96 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I love this! The detail is gorgeous!
DinninFTW Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it suppose to be the winged brooch? Because that's all I can think of, because none of the Rider's horses have wings :x

I'm actually curious what you think Karrigan and Condor look like... I'd really love to see a picture of them together and Captain Mapstone, Zachary, and Mara.
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it's just a decorative interpretation of the winged brooch, with a different winged horse for each title. The publisher decided we could do a more design oriented cover than the more standard narrative illustrations that were done for the US edition.

For the record, I've never had an opportunity to read the books. (Also, it wasn't really necessary, for this project's interpretation.) Maybe someday when I've finished reading Game of Thrones and have free time. :lol:
Swirl-spill Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Absolutely stunning. Really. This is amazing C:
Liastoria-Alestera Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...this is breath taking, you deserve a DD for this! :)
hadesgoddess Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Beautiful - This series needs more art for it :heart:
funkymonkeybanana Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing!!!!! The amount of detail on this picture is beautiful:D and I love how you have done the mane and tail and the feathers in the wings:D it's just...brilliant:D I love the books and one of the reasons a i actually was interesed in it in the first place was because of your picture on the cover:D
LadyoftheGeneral Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You are absolutely amazing. Wow. I sit in awe.
SofiaSevero Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
oh my gosh i'm amazed
carouselcat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
This is amazing! Beautifully done!!!
CSWoelf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
This is one of those works that, when you look at it, it generates a fuzzy feeling in your heart and then suddenly you're happy. I love this.
Luke-ario Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was drawn on paper?! How is something so brilliant drawn on paper? :omg:
Soiea Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually only picked up the book because of your cover art, it just looked so beautiful! And now it's one of my favourite books so thankyou!
hypergoth89 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
just finnished reading the book, and i loved the cover art and the pic you have done here is abso lutly amazing, eat job
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