bb: Can you describe your process? Do you work an art director's specifications, or do you normally read the books you're illustrating first?
bb: What goes into a finished piece? Do you start with thumbnail sketches, color comps etc.?
|Rejected Beastnights concept|
bb: Have you run into many instances of having your work art directed?
bb: When Tor began publishing Brian Lumley, they used Bob Eggleton illustrations. How did you come to illustrate the step-backs and ultimately covers of several of Brian Lumley's books?
bb: In at least one case, you created a sculpture for a cover illustration (The Gilgul by by Henry W. Hocherman). Can you discuss how that came about?
|Original sculpture for The Gilgul|
bb: You've obviously done a lot of horror illustrations—is this a genre you enjoy, or did you somehow fall into it?
bb: Do you have a favorite of your works?
bb: Are you working on any new projects currently?
Stephen King Doubleday reissues
bb: When The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition was released, Doubleday also reissued Stephen King's first four books (Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining and Night Shift) with new covers that you painted. Each has a similar design, with part of the image extending beyond the traditional rectangle. Was this your idea, or were you asked to do this?
|The Shining - Original|
|The Shining - Final|
I Am Legend
bb: Were you aware of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend before you got the cover assignment?
JT: No, I was not familiar with the book. The art director told me it was about vampires—lots of vampires!
bb: What was your vision for the cover art? Were you pleased with the results? I'm of the opinion that it in many ways it's the best thematic representation of the novel of all the cover art that has been used.
|Orb TPB with digitally manipulated art|
bb: That revised artwork (cropped - perhaps to remove a vampire baby, blurred, and one foreground head relocated - see below) has gone on to be used in several countries around the world, second only to the Will Smith movie tie-in art. How does it feel to have your art (albeit in an altered form) seen by millions of readers around the globe?
|Rejected preliminary sketch for Blood Beast|
|Original painting for Bloodwings|
|Revised final cover for Bloodwings|
|Original concept art for Beastnights|
|Preliminary sketch for Beastnights|
|Thomas Harris' Red Dragon for Simon & Schuster Audio|