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SaltwaterWitch.com Update

SaltwaterWitch.com – New background art, with some cosmetic changes, and links to new works–the new edition of Nanowhere and the latest release, Mermaid.



Salvage Comic – sketching

I’m sketching some of the intro pages to the comic edition of Salvage, and here’s one page from the opening scene.  For links and more info about Salvage, which will be out in August from Masque Books: http://www.SaltwaterWitch.com


Yes, there will be a new Nanowhere, and it will…

…have illustrations.  Here's a peek at some of them!  Some of these are re-works of my original character sketches while writing Nanowhere. Check out the ebook edition at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, and elsewhere, complete with some of Jon Andreden's research papers on building an artificial intelligence, teleology, and other fun stuff.







Nanowhere covers

This is the cover for the upcoming mass-market paperback edition of Nanowhere.  Forgot to post this last week.  Some minor tweaking to go, but it's pretty much this:


Listen to the sea…

It has some important things to say.  Painted this tonight, about four and a half hours.  I've had this idea planned out for a while, with sketching and different ways of communicating with the oceans. In one I had her using a long strand of seaweed, but I didn't like the way it was turning out, and went back to my original, listening in a seashell. Click the image for a slightly larger version.


Seaborn Giveaway on Goodreads!

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Seaborn by Chris Howard


by Chris Howard

Giveaway ends August 01, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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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.


Seaborn book covers!

Here's the latest rev of the new Seaborn book cover for the trade edition. Click the pic for the full view.


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!