An illustration from the book

The release of the Cross of the Dutchman novel is getting closer and closer, so it’s time to pay some more attention to it! In this post we’ll give you the very first preview of one of the illustrations you will find in the book. One again, our art director Pascal Brander did a great job in creating beautiful drawings. This first illustration is of a scene very early in the story. But a picture is worth a thousand words, so here it is:

In this illustration we see a person you might not be that familiar with. His name is Wijerd Jelckama, often referred to as Great Wijerd, and he is Great Piers nephew. He’ll play an important role in the story, but we’ll talk about that more in the future.


We haven’t yet received an official release date from our publisher, so we don’t have the exact date for you yet. We expect to hear from them very soon though, so we’ll inform you as soon as possible!


15 Comments on “An illustration from the book

  1.  by  Bram

    Thanks for your explanation Pascal! ;)
    But indeed it won’t. We keep the images black and white, that just works better in a book like this. You sometimes do see colorful illustrations in a book, but most of the time they are in the center and printed on a different kind of paper. The downside is that in that case you can’t putt the illustrations on the place where they’re actually meant.
    Another reason why we’ve chosen to make them black and white is that it gives a more classic feel to it.

    And for color you’ll have your imagination! :D

    And for imagination-purposes we’ve also decided to not show Piers face in the illustrations. The book will be read by many readers who’ll probably never play the game or read the book before playing the game. We don’t want to force our image of Pier upon them.

  2.  by  USSGreatePier

    As a potentially superfluous remark and for the record: I wasn’t being serious :P Anyway, cool artwork, Pascal. I’m really getting into the style of the artwork of CotD.

    By the way, will you still be selling the collage poster thing you created in that livestream? Would be an awesome thing to have on the wall, you know :)

  3.  by  ironfangz

    Very nice artwork Pascal! I would like to draw like you do! I’m 15 years old and my friends keep telling me that I could draw something like that too with a pencil. But I can’t do it on a computer.

    Wijerd Jelckema is a little bit too mainstream if you ask me. I mean, almost all swordsmen have that helmet, pointy chin and some of them have even that mustache and beard. He is a little bit too “normal” for his role in the game. Furthermore, I like the tits of the girl on his left.

    I’m very excited for the release date for the full game. So, when you know it, upload it! okay?

  4.  by  Bram

    If you love to draw, just draw! Doing it on a computer isn’t something to worry about. With a mouse it’s difficult for everybody, but for real drawing you should try out a drawing tablet. If you’re interested, the Aldi had one on sale last week I think, maybe they’ve got some left. Definitely not the best, but probably cheap enough to give it a try. And remember, practice makes perfect ;)

    Also, all fan-art is highly appreciated! If you draw something good, show it to us in the forums! I maybe even show it off on the frontpage :)

  5.  by  ironfangz

    Challenge accepted! I start immidiatly with creating fan-art.

  6.  by  ironfangz

    Hahaha thank you, I meant to make him ugly XD.
    iIt is temporary till i found a good one.

  7.  by  ironfangz

    Bram, I found some information lately and I’m almost sure that I’ll buy a drawing tablet. Does Pascal use a drawing tablet? If yes, what is it’s name and what kind of program does he use? How much money do you think that it will cost? I have not that much money left for a huge buy-out. If no, what does he use then for the incredible drawings that he made?

  8.  by  Bram

    Hehe, nice! Pascal isn’t working today but he’s back tomorrow. I’ll talk to him then for you!
    Only thing I know is that he uses Photoshop (don’t know what version) and that those devices can get pretty damn expensive ;) Maybe an idea to try one out first somewhere? I don’t know where you could though… Yet another question for Pascal tomorrow!

  9.  by  ironfangz

    Bram, Did you ask mrBrander? I’m very curieus

  10.  by  Bram

    Yes I did! The Photoshop version he uses is CS5 and the tablet he uses is a Wacom Intuos 4 A5 widescreen. It’s an older model and it isn’t featured on Wacoms website anymore so I can’t really say how much it would cost you. I know it’s probably the best known and most used brand though. Good luck with it!

  11.  by  ironfangz

    Thank you, maybe I can find a good working Wacom on second-hand sites. And I will look for some information, thank you :D

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