Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Agatha Christie Nemesis

Agatha Christie Nemesis is one of Christie's novels that I recently illustrated for The Agatha Book Collection. Today I am going to share with your some of the preliminary sketches and final artwork.

Agatha Christie Nemesis: Before I proceed a very belated happy new year! This is shamefully my first post of 2013! I have just been so busy with commissions that all my time has been swallowed up. Well that's my excuse, but it is probably closer to the truth to say I am not organised enough! However, busy I have been and over the next few months I hope to share lots of new work with you for some new clients. These include two children's books.

Back to Agatha Christie: Nemesis was first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in November 1971 and is a Miss Marple mystery. Miss Marple receives a post card from the recently deceased Mr Jason Rafiel, a millionaire whom she had met during a holiday on which she had encountered a murder, which asks her to look into an unspecified crime; if she succeeds in solving the crime, she will inherit £20,000, and there the plot begins. Miss Marple's first clue is a tour of famous houses and gardens of Great Britain, arranged for her by Mr. Rafiel prior to his death.

For this project I was keen to include the tour bus, which had to circa 1966. The coaches and buses of this period are really quite beautiful and often brightly coloured in creams, greens and reds.

Here are some of my initial sketches of suspects and that coach! My apologies for the copyright symbols over the top, but I recently had a theft of seven pieces of artwork by an unscrupulous client.