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This interview first appeared at Tor.com, and is reproduced with the gracious permission of the publisher.
The art of Leviathan, Part Two:
An interview with Keith Thompson
by Irene Gallo
Here is the second half of our Art of Leviathan posts. Earlier we talked with Scott Westerfeld about what it was like to be the art director on his own bookthe steampunk, young adult novel, Leviathan. Now we have artist Keith Thompson talking about the fifty illustrations that help flush out Scott's world. Keith did a great job of mixing historical details with fantastical creatures (both mechanical and animal) creating a fun, action packed pace while maintaining the tone of a more formal era.
You did a tremendous amount of drawing in Leviathan, how long did it take you and did it take over all of your working time?
Each book has a year set aside for it, and I go along illustrating it as Scott writes it. It has definitely been the primary focus artistically, though I've handled some other things over the course of the year as well. Usually during a batch of research I have plenty of artistic energy to do some work on a movie or game since those jobs are often handled in a ...
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