In the past three years Marc McBride has illustrated
over 50 book covers and countless magazines, as well as producing
artwork for advertising campaigns. He has a solid design background
in both advertising and film, winning the West Australian Film and
Television Award for Best Art Director. Marc has had work exhibited
with the New York Society of Illustrators. Marc's influences for
all his work range from tacky B-movies about giant ants from outer
space through to the pop artists of the sixties such as Andy Warhol
and Roy Lichtenstein, and other illustrators like H R Giger, who
created the alien and the set design for the movie Alien.
Marc's soaring imagination is never more evident than in the mind-blowing
fantasy jacket art he has created for Deltora Quest.
The medium I used for the series was acrylic
paint and inks. Using an airbrush and paint brushes I created the
series in quite a traditional waythat is, not digital. I feel
this more organic painting works for me in the creation of people,
monsters etc. If I had been asked to create space ships or futuristic
cities perhaps I would have used a computer. Each cover took between
three and five days to complete, but, like all illustrators, I always
feel I would have liked to spend more time on each painting. Practical
reasons, such as deadlines, other jobs, eating and sleeping, make
this impossible. Nature has pattern in even the strangest of creatures
and I wanted to have this in the Deltora Quest monsters,
to give them some sense of reality.