I’m back to posting the stories behind the ‘Beyond Words’ author calendar, and I’m picking back up with Scott Westerfeld! But, as always, I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you to grab a copy of the calendar; the proceeds go to charity, so it’s for a great cause!
Scott Westerfeld is the author of a plethora of beloved books, including the Uglies series, the Leviathan series (in my top 5 favorite YA series of all time!), the awesomely creative Afterworlds, and the recent list-hitter Zeroes (written with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti). If you’re into the YA books scene at all you should be well-familiar with his stuff. If you’re not, start with Leviathan, it’s freaking amazing. :)
Scott’s was one of the images I saw from the beginning of this calendar. I wanted a magical tree growing all sorts of keys and a locked door on the trunk that leads to an infinite number of places. It’s got a bit of a steampunk vibe, something Scott also enjoyed, so it was a good fit for him from the start.
This image was shot back to back with Garth Nix’s photo on a lovely autumn day in New York City. Here we are strolling from one shoot to the next:
I had to do this photo in stages. The first stage was shooting Scott in his pose, and I found a lovely weird tree in Central Park in NYC that completely captured the whimsical vibe I wanted.
Next I shot stock of the keys which I later layered on top of his image to achieve the final look.
This is one of many stock key images I shot. I wasn’t sure what would work until I was sitting down with Photoshop, so I just tried to cover all my bases in one go.
From there it was just a matter of making sure all the pieces were put together correctly.
The final product definitely carries the fun magic I love about this project. This was a really fun one to create.
I’m going to be posting two blogs a week to make sure they’re all out before Christmas. Stay tuned for the next one, Melissa de la Cruz! And don’t forget to grab a copy of the calendar (remember, all proceeds go to charity!).