The publisher's illustration competition presented the ideal opportunity for me to demonstrate a more traditional illustrative style. He wrote the book 115 years ago from his own serialized short-story adventures that appeared first in magazines for readers hungry for knowledge about uncharted regions of the world.
My entry also required 3 full page illustrations (scenes of my choosing).
1st scene from Chapter 2, page 39. Marlow (the river-boat Captain) learns of the kind of driven man the rogue Kurtz is, when he's told of Kurtz's return journey up river immediately after dropping off a record load of Ivory -
'I seemed to see Kurtz for the first time.'
2nd scene from 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 from 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 the Elephant-in-the-room, and tuskless as I feel its ignominy (as a jobbing Illustrator straddling the digital age of publishing) after paying my 25 quid fee for this futile opportunity to compete for their commission, to then discover the publisher's 'tweet' announcing only a cursory 'thank you to all those who took part' with link to their chosen 25 longlisted candidates ... My Horror! discovering my illustrations did not even make it that far set me to a task. So, I have put up this G+Community page where my fellow losers can freely air their own illustrated interpretations of Conrad's fine masterpiece along side mine if they wish, and have a bit of collective moan-fest' too if they so choose. Moral: We are all Publishers!