Computer Arts - - Bloomsbury Book Reprints -

Tim McDon­agh talks about recre­at­ing the wa­ter tower scene from Donna Tartt’s Deep South lit­er­ary mys­tery Greg had picked out a spe­cific scene from the book and they wanted to de­pict a de­cay­ing wa­ter tower in a lush South­ern Gothic land­scape. I liked the idea of hav­ing the wa­ter tower as quite an im­pos­ing fig­ure, so wanted to get that across. In the orig­i­nal ver­sion, it’s a slightly creepier im­age with a Jack-o’lantern face on the tower. After some de­bate, some­thing sub­tler was de­cided on. There was feed­back along the way from both Greg and Donna Tartt her­self that helped the im­age along and to con­vey the right tone. The book is so hefty and rich it was im­por­tant to get feed­back from the right peo­ple. I’m re­ally thrilled with how the fi­nal ver­sion came out.

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