Artist Larry Dixon tells us about his design for BLESS YOUR MECHANICAL HEART:
I used the scale of the heart compared to the droid to represent a problem that was too big to fix. The heart’s interior and the frayed circuitry are extremely delicate, and bright and beautiful, and a tangle. The heart’s centerline is a visual play on the classic “broken heart” design of a jagged break, except of course, this bifurcation is part of that heart’s intended styling, a statement that hearts are in fact designed to appear broken, and be deeply accessible, as part of their function.
The droid’s lighting is red while the heart is blue, indicating incompatibility. The droid’s 1950s-styled chromework has a patina like untended trim on a classic car, and is dented up, to represent that the droid’s been through a lot, but aside from that there’s no visible damage. Love’s like that. I also went with the droid’s “skin” as black silicone rubber because, call me crazy, but I’d want my droids to be waterproofed.
The background has a zoom blur, a lot like a camera pull, to draw the eye more to the figure’s head. There’s also a shadowy image of a ruined building behind it to give the impression that something’s gone badly, shown corner-on to bring to mind a cathedral by its symmetry. It’s a strong vertical, to push the eye down (from where a title block will no doubt be) to an unseen, but felt, horizon line that grounds it. Lastly, though, the whole thing is engulfed from the sides by utter blackness, not to show dread or evil, but rather, a lack of information while the droid ponders the heart.
Find out more about Larry Dixon at http://www.gryphonking.com/.
We are excited to release this anthology mid-April. If you are in the Seattle, WA area, plan to attend our book release party at NORWESCON 37.