JOB: A COMEDY OF JUSTICE
This was a very difficult book to illustrate. The best one can do when confronted by a plethora of ideas, themes, and opinions is to mirror that complexity rather than to choose only one idea and compose a misleading cover.
While reading this book, I thought the cover painting should suggest antique Vatican art, so I chose a color scheme that hinted of age and heavy coats of varnish gone yellow. It occurred to me to add a "crackle" varnish coat and apply gold leaf to the halo, but I decided that both effects wouldn't have made the transition well into print.
A side note: to get the right angle and lighting on the figure's shoes, I had a friend hang from a tree by his hands while I sketched his feet. I had to draw quickly!
Job: A Comedy of Justice
After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake.
To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near. Somehow, he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, for heaven would be no paradise without her. But time was growing short. And, while he was at it, there had to be a way to save the rest of the world.
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