Craig Paton

Freelance illustrator

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The Bridge

Stage Two.

A bit of a delay in getting back to this project, but here's what I've come up with so far. It's been tough to come up with a concept which didn't directly show the Forth Road Bridge in someway, but what I have done, is made some attempt to capture the dreamy like nature of the story with an image of one of the bridge's engineers super-improsed with the original bridge blue prints.

Not sure how pleased I am with this approach, perhaps I'll develop it futher, or try out some different concepts.

Stage One.

The novel I've chosen for this project, is The Bridge (1986), by the recently passed Iain Banks. I'm a big fan of Iain (M) Banks, and The Bridge is, I think, one of his best.

If you're unfamiliar with the book, here's a brief summary from Goodreads;

A darkly brilliant novel of self-discovery the cutting edge of experimental fiction. It leads from nowhere to nowhere, the mysterious world-spanning structure on which everyone seems to live. Rescued from the sea, devoid of personality or memory, all John Orr knows is the Bridge, his persistent dreams of war, and his desire for Chief Engineer Arrol's provocative daughter, Abberlaine.

I'm looking forward to giving this a quick re-read before going on to come up with my own cover reimagining.

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