Friday, May 22, 2015

BNG FRIDAY: Illustration preview!

Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math professions. All revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers.

Did you know that Brave New Girls is going to have illustrations? The anthology includes the work of a number of very talented artists, each with his or her own unique style. Each story will get its own black-and-white illustration that acts as kind of a mini cover within the book, and today, I'm going to be sharing a peek at a few of them. Aren't they awesome?

We worked with a total of seven artists and matched their unique styles to the stories we thought they fit best. Evelinn has a lovely, somewhat surreal tone to her work, which is why we sent her "Graveyard Shift" (with its somewhat ghostly atmosphere) and "Of Cat's Whiskers and Klutzes" (which takes place in an alternate reality). Ken does graphic novel-type art very well, so we thought he'd be perfect for "Robin Hacker" (about a tough rebel girl in the far future). He also does really cool robot drawings, so we sent him "Helen of Mars," which features a future version of a Mars rover. And Chris does awesome 3D sci-fi art, so we sent him two of the more tech-y stories, "Courage Is" (which takes place on a starship) and "The Data Tourist" (which takes place in the future).

Illustrations by Evelinn Enoksen

Love how this one perfectly captures the creeptastic beauty of a graveyard
The scene in this illustration is actually the turning point of the story - love the offbeat, almost surreal look of it!

Illustrations by Ken Dawson

Note how the twinkle in her eye matches the spark in the rover's optical receptor
I love how mysterious she looks, which perfectly matches the story about a hacker on the run

Illustrations by Christopher Godsoe

I love the startling contrast between the tiny character and the vast expanse around her 
This one perfectly captures the hustle and bustle of the story's futuristic setting

More to come next week!

BRAVE NEW GIRLS will be released on June 15! Sign up here to receive a notification when it's available to order.

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