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UPS just dropped off a box…

Two proof copies of the trade paper edition of Seaborn. I'm going to put these in for a GoodReads Giveaway.


Sea Throne Wallpaper

Two formats: 1280 x 800 for the typical desktop/laptop display and 768 x 1024 for the iPad and other tablets. Download links here:






Seaborn Wallpaper

Two formats: 1280 x 800 for the typical desktop/laptop display and 768 x 1024 for the iPad and other tablets. Download links here:






Fourteen foot tall book covers…

I have been painting like a demon the past few days and although I’m still doing some detail work, I think it’s ready to be posted. First off, the format is a bit ridiculous…or maybe it’s ridiculously cool.  It’s certainly been a fun one to paint.  The actual size in pixels is about 2200 wide by well over 51,000 long.  (That works out to about 7.5 inches wide by over 170 inches tall)

I’m going to leave the purpose for doing this weird-sized illustration unclear, but if you want to you can think of it as a book cover that’s 9 inches wide and fourteen feet tall.  Or maybe it’s a scroll.  Or a fan-fold insert for a book…  How’s that?  Okay, I will fill things in a little more: I’m working on a publishing project that will go live this summer and involves kickstarter.com and possibly some partners.  I’ll leave it at that for now because there is still a lot of planning to do.

The concept is one continuous illustration going from seagulls skimming the surface of a stormy sea to (~51,000 pixels later) the floor of a fairly deep and dark part of the ocean.  In terms of ocean depth it’s about 6000 meters from surface to floor with some of the cool things you’ll find along the way.

Here are a few highlights (below), but it’s a big damn illo and you really should scroll through the whole thing:  http://www.SaltwaterWitch.com/switch/SeabornScroll

Finally, I want to call attention to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (www.whoi.edu) which operates the DSV Alvin, and my favorite aquarium on the planet, Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org) which has captivated and inspired me for decades.

I also posted this for IllustrationFriday: Heights.

Let me know what you think!





Saltwater Witch Chapter 3 is Back!

Opening scene for Saltwater Witch Chapter 3. All new chapters 1 and 2 are up on the site with new art, layout, type, and other good stuff. Hope you like!

Read it all here: http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switch

Click for the full view!


The Wreath of Poseidon Art

I spent a few hours on this one today. Armies of the drowned dead, collecting heart-shaped stones on the beach. What do you think?



I'm planning to wrap up things tomorrow for the Boskone Art Show next weekend (Boskone 49, February 17-19, 2012, Boston Westin Waterfront), and when I do I will post my layout with the pieces that will be on the wall.  My theme this year is smaller works–so this one won't be in the show, but I had prints made of a couple cropped sections of "Seaborn Battle" and those will be in the show.







I’m Chris Howard.  I write science fiction, fantasy, books and short stories.  I finished my fifth novel in June, working on the next in a new series.  Seaborn (Juno Books) was my first novel, and its the middle book in “The Seaborn Trilogy”, which begins with Saltwater Witch, and ends with Sea Throne. My short stories have appeared in a bunch of places, mostly online zines, latest is “Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archeology” in Fantasy Magazine.  In 2007, my story “Hammers and Snails” was a Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest winner.   

I’m also an illustrator, working in ink, watercolors, and digital formats.  I have a pen and ink illustration in the last issue of Shimmer Magazine.  My weekly updated graphic novel / web comic Saltwater Witch keeps me busy.  I have art spread over several sites, but a good place to start is http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/portfolio

How to contact me:

email: chrishoward.author@gmail.com

I blog here: http://the0phrastus.typepad.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chrishoward.author

Broke a new painting record

One of my own.  Fifteen characters in one scene.  Ink and watercolors on hot pressed paper.

I started with the idea of looking down the hall of St. Clement's (see Seaborn for more on this) toward the end with the entrance, and having as many characters in the scene as possible–with the governess standing at the center with a push-broom.  I also wanted some subtle action, the girls talking, nothing really dynamic, but a sense of things going on, conversations taking place, arguments, people sulking, consoling, listening.  I'm not sure that I captured all that, but that's what I was going for. 

Also–high in my mind was one of my favorite panels–two pager–in The Good Neighbors, book one of the Kin series by the incomparable Holly Black with art by the incomparable Ted Naifeh (who, among a bunch of other cool stuff, also illustrated the Subterranean Press edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan's Alabaster).   Get The Good Neighbors and check out page 8 and 9 with Rue and her friends hanging at The Black Out. I love the mystery in this broad room view with faeries mixing with mortals and you know the humans can't see them.  I had to check out every person in the room, checking for pointed ears, horns, any sign that they weren't mortal.  It's just beautiful work.

You can't really see the detail without clicking to open up the larger version. 

So click it!

Click this link for the color version



Total Pandemonium

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One word titles…that's what it's all about.  Here's a shot that Gay Haldeman took with my iPhone, of me (left) Joe Haldeman, and Jeff Carver.  There were 20+ people there–almost all to see Joe and Jeff, since I'm the "new guy."  We talked a bit about what we've done, why we were there, and the signed our books, Seaborn, Marsbound, and Sunborn.  I signed the stock, but I also signed copies of Seaborn for a few people.  Cool. 

Joe Haldeman signs his books with a fountain pen, which I like.  I'm going to try that.  He signed a copy of Marsbound for me.

I handed out the prints, and left the remainder behind for Tyler.  Also had Joe and Jeff sign a couple for me–planning to give these away.