Arcana Emporium Artwork!

Something different for this week! 

An environment artist called Lucy Zini got in touch with me a while ago about a university project involving concept art of the Arcana Emporium, Alex’s shop in the Alex Verus series.  Here are some of the pieces she’s produced!

The first is a scene of the Emporium in the evening rain – this is pretty much how it would have looked in that rainy day in Book 5, Hidden.  Click on it for a bigger view!

It’s actually very close to how I imagined Alex’s shop.  The main difference is the climbing plant wrapping up the left side and above the door, which Alex probably isn’t enough of a gardener to maintain, but which definitely makes it look a lot nicer.

Next is one in the spring, which is the time of year when the series starts with Fated:

Definitely blends in a lot more.  You’d probably barely notice it among all the other weird shops unless you took a second look, which feels exactly right.

If you want to see more, go to Lucy Zini’s page here – she also has some variations of how she designed the shop front, and a collection of images for the kinds of things I described the shop as selling (crystal balls, daggers, herbs, etc).  Go take a look!

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4 Responses to Arcana Emporium Artwork!

  1. Celia says:

    Very cool!

  2. Jason Enberg says:

    Great job Lucy!

  3. Yana Gale says:

    Very interesting to see some concept art! I won’t lie – last time I was in London I was looking for Alex’ shop. 😀

  4. Josh says:

    I guess your descriptions of Alex’s shop are pretty damn good, because that’s almost exactly like I pictured it too.

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