I fear I had to make you all wait for this, but here it is at last.
It’ll be a little while yet before the book is available for purchase, as it’s not due out until mid 2013. The maquette is currently in Saint Helier, on show in a display-case at the Jersey Arts Centre.
Last year it starred in a documentary by the film-maker Pete Telfer, in which some maquettes went through their paces in short animated clips. The clips were really just a light-hearted way of illustrating the range of movement the maquettes are capable of. In reality they get blu-tacked to a wall of my studio, and I change their arrangements almost daily. I’d often said that if someone took daily photographs of the ‘maquette wall ‘, then after a year there would be an interesting animated film to show for it.
Aha! Mais bien sur! and a maquette… it’s fabulous and just perfect Clive. xx
I’m really pleased with the result, Jacqui. I think Isabelle De Cat made a really interesting choice with this. She requested images from me, and the maquette was not among the ones I sent her. She found this one for herself.
I really enjoyed looking at the documentary. A shame it cuts off mid speech. Joe has just been watching it with me and suddenly said ‘oooh a dragon’ good to keep ’em interested!
I see what you mean. I’ll contact Pete Telfer and ask him to check it out. Thanks for reporting the fault Jacqui.
Hello sweetie. Sorry I’ve been such a stranger, but we’ve been travelling rather a lot!
Glad you like the cover.
It’s interesting how some of the pieces are raised off the surface, creating shadows. The effect is somewhere between 2D and 3D. I love this piece!
Hello Dean. The figure is a two-dimensional maquette, held together with brads and capable of being arranged in many poses. I make maquettes and use them as compositional aids for my paintings. Click on ‘Maquettes and Constructions’ in ‘Topics’ at the top right of this page, and you’ll find many posts showing not only my own, but some made by other artists for an online exhibition here earlier this year. You can also see the Equus maquette ‘in action’ HERE!
That looks stunning! These maquettes of yours sure do get around!
This is the first that’s made it to the cover of a book. It was originally made as a compositional aid for the Old Stile Press illustrated edition of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, though in the end I didn’t use it, having made THIS one to replace it.
Now I’ve seen the design I think it works extremely well, though I can’t take any credit for the idea of using it, because that was entirely down to Isabelle de Cat, Picture Editor at Penguin.
Wow! This is really different (in a good way)! I can’t wait to get a copy.
Due out mid 2012. Sorry Cous. That’s quite a wait!
Many thanks LBT. Glad you approve.
Of course, you’ll have known this little chap from last year’s exhibition.
an eye-grabbing image, copies will fly off the shelves!! well done.
Thank you Jenny. I hope you’re right!
It looks amazing! I can’t wait for my copy!!
Glad you like it, Flo.
it’s awesome!!!! what a perfect cover! it definitely will grab lots of new readers!
can’t wait till it comes out!!
I’m quite impatient myself!
Lovely image, it looks so well on the cover.
I feel as though this was a great choice by the picture editor, though not one I could have foreseen.
Excellent – you must be very pleased, it looks great.
I am Sally. VERY pleased.
Yay! Worth waiting for – love it. The image brings a more human quality to the front cover than previous ones I’ve seen. There have been some great Equus covers but this has a unique quality that nobody else has achieved , it’s beautiful
Thank you Phil. I think the designers at Penguin have done a great job.