The Piano Boat book cover illustration

This is the second book cover illustration I have created for the author Terry Hickland from Northern Ireland. His website is at

The artwork has a traditional painterly look but it was digitally created. I used an Apple computer, and a digital pen on a Wacom tablet. The program I used is called Sketchbook Pro.

Here is a Synopsis of the story:

Rural Ireland, 1987 – Ruairí’s days are full of football, roaming the fields with his friends and helping his grandmother in their shop. When, for his eleventh birthday, his parents get him his own racing bike and take him to meet his cycling hero, Stephen Roche, he thinks he couldn’t be any happier. But soon after they return home, life takes a dark turn.

Following a tragic accident, nothing seems to matter to Ruairí any more – he has no time for school or sport or his old friends. When help finally comes, it’s from an unexpected source in the shape of Briege, a grieving woman who has come to live in a houseboat on the local lake.

Gentle yet powerful, The Piano Boat tells the story of how two very different people find their way from grief and darkness back to hope, together.