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My name is Brett Coulstock. I’m a writer and designer from Western Australia

Archive for July, 2009

Mt Magog to Mt Talyuberlup

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Mt Magog on the left, Mt Talyuberlup on the RightThe day after my birthday we decided to revist a hike we did around the same time in 2007: climb Mt. Magog in the Stirling Ranges, and then trek across the ridge to Mt. Talyuberlup, and then down to the road, and back along to the Mt. Magog carpark.

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July 25th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Artwork – When Yellow Casts a Crimson Shadow

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Another cover for 19 Nocturne Boulevard. This play is a homage to Giallo thrillers, and I was given a very specific brief:

… and should have a cover with the following components – a black-gloved hand choking, stabbing or smothering a beautiful woman with wide frightened eyes, a broken window, random colored light patterns on the wall, lots of red, and an inappropriate animal. No animal in particular, just something that has nothing whatsoever to do with the story …

I’m not familiar with Giallo Thrillers, so I began by researching the Giallo style (very much 70’s pulp/exploitation).

Now, I am not any kind of painter, so it was a fun challenge to get something that matched and was a bit painterly.

The photograph of the woman needed quite a bit of work. I had to enlarge the eyes and distort some of the facial features to emphasise the fear response. The original was black and white so I coloured it, and then worked to give it that particular painterly texture.

This cover is the first one with a budget. Frustrated by the lack of useful leather glove images, especially holding a knife, I bought my own! I couldn’t find any in second hand shops, but fortunately I found a relatively cheap pair in Target for AU$24.95.

The eye and cat were Julie’s suggestion on seeing the first version, which had a spider as the inappropriate animal. I was happy to change it, especially as I quite liked an opportunity to slip in the old injury to the eye motif. And I also happen to like cats. :-)

When Yellow Casts a Crimson Shadow is scheduled to be released on 20th August, 2009.

Licencing and Attribution

I used a number of Creative Commons licenced photograpic elements, sourced from Flickr and here’s the attributions:

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July 24th, 2009 at 5:03 pm