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A collaborative tabletop storygame of galactic scope and threatened ideals.
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Artists: Tithi Luadthong and Mark Salwowski

Posted by Aaron A. Reed (Creator)
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In the last update I announced two of the artists whose work will be featured in the Archives of the Sky book. Today I'm happy to announce two more.

We are thrilled to include some artwork by legendary cover artist Mark Salwowski. Mark's career stretches back over three decades, and if you've browsed through sci-fi or fantasy books in a used bookstore anytime recently, you've undoubtedly come across his trippy, colorful artwork. He's done book covers for an unbelievable cross-section of genre authors over the years, including Mercedes Lackey, Brian Aldiss, Iain Banks, Greg Bear, Elizabeth H Boyer, Gordon R Dickson, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Jack Vance. Archives will feature several of Mark's paintings, including one image painted for a book cover but never used.

Detail of a Mark Salwowski cover originally for the book "Chocky" by John Wyndham.
Detail of a Mark Salwowski cover originally for the book "Chocky" by John Wyndham.

I originally considered filling the whole book with imagery evoking the '70s and '80s era sci-fi I grew up with, ultimately deciding to go with a broader set of aesthetics. But I'm thrilled to have some of Mark's work representing this style of imagery, which so strongly evokes the weird, wild, wonderful worlds at the boundaries of imagination. 

When I was first assembling the Kickstarter for Archives, I wanted to quickly find some epic imagery that captured humans against an epic backdrop, and found some pieces by Tithi Luadthong on a stock photo website: these featured heavily in the Kickstarter video and promo materials. When my art director Kathleen and I went to look for similar imagery, we naturally kept stumbling across Tithi's work again. A recurring theme across so many of these pieces is a human figure silhouetted against an awesome backdrop. We kept coming back to Tithi's images when placing artwork, especially for small inset images: while epic and colorful, the pieces often evoke sketches or watercolors with their clean lines and swaths of rich color, which makes for a nice contrast with the more photorealistic styles of the full-page spreads.

I'm thrilled to have all these incredible artists featured in the Archives of the Sky book, and hope their work inspires players to tell their own amazing stories.

Take care and keep exploring,

--Aaron

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    1. Shannon Appelcline on

      All around, it looks like you've picked beautiful and evocative artwork for the book. Looking forward to seeing it.