Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Progress on Timberline

Greg Manchess

I thought I'd share some progress shots of my novel, Above the Timberline! It will also get a title change and I'll share that soon, too.

At this stage, I'm about 53 paintings in, 67 to go. I slowed down in April and part of May because of some personal commitments, but I've jumped back in by getting more models shot and planning some of the major scenes. 

Main character, Wesley Singleton, takes aim across the frozen Waste

I recently met with my editor, Joe Monti, at Saga Press/Simon and Schuster and my designer, Michael McCartney. Seeing a board room full of finished paintings laying on the table, chairs, shelves, and ultimately, the floor was pretty exciting for all of us who've been talking about this book for a number of years now.

For now, I'll show a selection of closeup shots of heads that are accented moments in the manuscript, but not enough to give the story away. Each painting is 37" x 15" in a wide, cinematic format. CinemaScope!

Back to the board. End of August deadline.

Wes on the model is Cassius O'Brien, son of illustrator, Tim O'Brien...

...and Tim is modeling for Wes' father in the story!

An emotional moment for Wes....


  1. Greg, this is so exciting! Will you be bringing some work to IMC? You should take the opportunity there to shoot references for the book too! I know a guy who would model for you...

  2. Thanks, Richard. Good point! I may have to!

    Actually, I've already planned to bring some finished pieces, and work on a couple others while there. It will be hard to lose a week of working on the novel, so I hope I can accomplish finishing at least one during the evening sessions....

  3. That reflection in the goggles got my imagination run wild! Can we expect Captain Nemo to make an appearance? :)

  4. Hah! Naw, Jon, no Nemo. Those are the boarding party of airmen from the opening sequence...and carry pneumatic weapons.

    Got your interest going? : )

    1. Going? Got me bouncing up and down! haha

      By the way, do you still have Above The Timberline DVDs or do you know where I could purchase one?

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  6. Masterful work Greg. Very inspiring

  7. You are a paint god and a bit of a maniac Greg. I'm really looking forward to this.

    1. Thanks, Bill! I just may be quite sick. Why would anyone do this?

      I may discover why someday. Hopefully while not institutionalized.

  8. Great stuff. Looking forward to release. Also, I'm trying to trackdown a DVD copy of the "Above The Timberline" painting process. Any idea where I can purchase one? I've searched the web with no luck.

  9. Jon C and Paul....shoot me an email about the DVD's.


  10. I'm so excited for this!!! I love seeing updates!

  11. I can not wait for the book! And i love every piece for it, these are amazing as always. Thank you for sharing them Greg! And you can mark me down for a copy of the book, or two!

  12. That painting of Cassius is so great ( Wes holding the wireless.)
    I think it was smart to change the title
    "Above the Timobrien" just sounded a little wishful on Cassius's part.
    I am so honored to be able to help you with models on this massive project.
    You are pushing the boundaries of what illustrators will undertake in the future.


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