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“Nick of Time” Illustrations

Russ’ illustrations for MacMillan Publishing’s “Nick of Time”

Cover art (above)

This painting was commissioned as cover art for New York Times best-selling author Ted Bell’s newest adventure novel, “Nick of Time” to be published by St. Martin’s Press in early 2008. Russ used Ted and Page Lee Hufty Bell’s son Alex, depicted in his teens, as the model for the book’s hero, Nick McIver. Nick is shown at the helm of his sloop PETREL, passing Gravestone Rock and the treacherous reefs known as the Seven Devils.

Interior art

Russ developed these illustrations for “Nick of Time” author Ted Bell, who, like Russ, is a big fan of the classic illustrations of N.C. Wyeth, especially those he produced for “Treasure Island” almost a hundred
years ago.

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