The art of Sobek’s Tears

In late 2005, my story “Sobek’s Tears” was published in pro Polish SF magazine Nowa Fantastyka. It was an awesome experience for me as it was my first translated story, my first European sale (and a good one, too!), the NF team were fantastic to work with, and the illustrations that accompanied my story … stunning!

When I first spruiked the story and its illustrations, I incorrectly attributed the artist of those illustrations. Today, artist Tomasz Jedrzejowski wrote to me to gently correct that mistake. I’ve since amended my original post and apologised to Tomasz.

Tomasz’s artwork is spectacular. Although you don’t get the grandeur of seeing the art as it was intended (in all its A4 glory), here is one of the two illustrations that accompanied “Sobek’s Tears” (click to enlarge):

Copyright: Tomasz Jedrzejowski

You can check out more of Tomasz Jedrzejowski’s art at his Deviantart site.

Incidentally, I’ve just republished “Sobek’s Tears” in my ebook Apocrypha Sequence: Divinity (stories of gods running amok!). “Sobek’s Tears” is the story of Makhet of Abydos, an Egyptian commander who loses everything to the Ten Plagues of Moses. With the aid of the crocodile god Sobek, Makhet sets out to exact bloody revenge against Moses and his people during their exodus.

Apocrypha Sequence: Divinity is available for just 99c from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and wherever good ebooks are sold!



  1. Brilliant artwork! And yes, a shame it isn’t larger. There looks to be so much detail I’m missing by not seeing it full size. Makes my previous illustration for the same story look rather paltry.

  2. Shane Jiraiya Cummings says:

    Yeah, Andrew, there’s heaps of detail missing from this pic, but you get the idea. It’s epic to see it in A4.

    Don’t be hard on yourself, mate. Your “Sobek’s Tears” illustration was my first – and a good one, to boot! – and it holds a special sentimentality for me.

    • Oh, not being hard on myself… just honest 🙂

      That was a long time ago though and it was actually my first published illustration too. It also has special sentimentality for me, not least for bringing us together to work on Shards 🙂

      I guess I look back on older illustrations like that the same way we all look back on our first attempts at story writing – ie both embarrassing and nostalgic 🙂

  3. Tomasz Jedrzejowski says:

    Thank You kindly for the correction Sir!

    Tomasz Jedrzejowski