My competition entry included flat artwork for the book's cover together with 3 illustrated page scenes of my choosing. The publisher's illustration competition presented the ideal opportunity for me to demonstrate a particular visual style for Conrad's novel. First published 115 years ago, he wrote it from his own serialized short-story adventures that appeared in magazines of the day for readers who were hungry for knowledge about uncharted regions of the world.
1st scene, Chapter 2, page 39. The river-boat Captain Marlow learns of the kind of driven man the rogue Kurtz is when he's told about Kurtz's returning back up river immediately after dropping off a record load of Ivory -
'I seemed to see Kurtz for the first time.'
2nd scene, Chapter 2, page 55. Marlow's knackered Paddle Steamer under attack by those godless Savages as it navigates the snags in the river's fast currents -
'Arrows, by Jove! We were being shot at!'
3rd scene, Chapter 3, page 81. At the Inner-Station, Marlow confronts the sick Kurtz crawling through the long grass while the Savages get increasingly more restless -
'I came apon him, and, if he had not heard me coming, I would have fallen over him too.'
It's that Elephant-in-the-room, apparently tuskless now as I see my own struggles as a jobbing Illustrator in the digital age of publishing - My felt ignominy after paying 25 quid to compete in this futile opportunity to gain their illustration commission, then that tweet announcing the chosen 25 longlisted candidates was without me included ...Aaagh! the horror of finding my hard work was acknowledged with no more than a cursory 'Thank you to all those who took part' set me to a task. So now I have put up this G+Community where fellow losers can freely show-off their own illustrated interpretations of Conrad's classic masterpiece with me and have a bit of collective moan fest too.