The Martian Chronicles & The Illustrated Man

At the end of 2011, I was asked to illustrate the cover for Ray Bradbury’s famous novel “Fahrenheit 451” for Simon & Schuster. After completing the sketches, I was told that Bradbury insisted on keeping the original cover (probably one of the most famous sci-fi book covers ever) by his long time collaborator, Joe Mugnaini. They did, however, offer me the opportunity to work on the short story collections “The Martian Chronicles” and “The Illustrated Man” with the stipulation that they had to be done in a style reminiscent of Mugnaini and the format of the illustrations had to match the floating, central way they had designed the new version of “Fahrenheit 451.”

“The Illustrated Man” was pretty straight-forward. They picked the cover from the first group of sketches.



“The Martian Chronicles” went through about 2 dozen (maybe more) sketches and concepts before we pinned it down to “It should just be a foreign-looking landscape, that vaguely references space.”


I was working with pens rather than brushes so I had to be more careful and methodical than I usually am. Mugnaini’s work always incorporated these sort of abstracted design elements, and I had a lot of fun working with those. Big thanks to Jackie Seow for taking me on for this one.

See full post here: Patrick Leger2012-04-12.