Behind the Scenes!
With each of my projects, I open an art file, images from my collection or custom searches that help create the world in my head, and I add to it, often after the book has been published. (For example if I find a picture that is directly reminiscent of a scene, setting, or character I've created.)
This is in addition to any art I might commission, often before. Some of it is purely utilitarian, such as the dozen or so ambulance pictures I have for THE MINUS FACTION. But most of it is intended to inspire or invoke and aesthetic feel, even where the art itself may not seem directly related.
As a wind-up to next week's release of Episode Four, and as a little break from all the pics from Japan, I thought I'd share some of the background art to THE MINUS FACTION. I've posted some of these images before, but if I'm flagging it here, it's important enough for a second looksee.