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Trailer Skyscraper On “Ready Player One” Book Cover

June 29, 2012 by JJ in Art & Design, Books with 11 Comments


Imagine a vertical city, built entirely of aluminum trailers. When the world has run out of open land space, trailer parks may become a thing of the past. Or will they?

Author Ernest Cline (Updated 1/10/14) Whiskytree’s Art Director, Joe Ceballos has masterfully illustrated a sci-fi like trailer complex held together with industrial scaffolding for the cover of Author Ernest Cline’s debut novel, READY PLAYER ONE.

Book Synopsis:

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

Buy the Book on Amazon Ready Player One: A Novel



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  1. Geahk BurchillJanuary 10, 2014 at 11:52 amReply

    I’m just glad to get the artist some credit. Happy to help.

  2. JJJanuary 10, 2014 at 11:40 amReplyAuthor

    THANK YOU Nicole and Geahk for the information on the artist. The article has been updated. Credit where credit is due!! Awesome stuff.

    • Casey HydeMarch 27, 2014 at 6:49 amReply

      Hello JJ, the picture above is just a piece of the book cover; do you have the full cover illustration without the title, author’s name, or any other words? Our university (SHSU) has adopted the book as this year’s freshman common reader, and I would love to use the photo for different events we will have about the book.

      • JJMarch 27, 2014 at 8:04 amReplyAuthor

        HI Casey! Great project… as for the artwork, you might want to contact Whiskytree Art Director, Joe Ceballos. info[at]

  3. Geahk BurchillDecember 18, 2012 at 11:33 amReply

    Wow. I was really tired when I wrote that. Please excuse my spelling and grammar. That’s terrible.

    I now know the illustration came from WhiskyTree but not who the artist or artists was/were.

    It’s a shame in the modern world of ‘For Hire’ art from agencies, the actual artist get’s lost and anonymized.

    • Nicole KinneyJanuary 6, 2014 at 3:35 pmReply

      A bit belated, but the artist is Whiskytree’s Art Director, Joe Ceballos.

  4. Geahk BurchillDecember 18, 2012 at 12:06 amReply

    But who was the artists?!? I’ve been scouring the internets to try and figure out why this illustrator is.

    • JJJanuary 7, 2013 at 10:49 amReplyAuthor

      From what I understand, the author Ernest Cline is also the artist/illustrator.

      • Geahk BurchillJanuary 7, 2013 at 1:17 pmReply

        Unfortunately that’s not true. I tracked it down to a design firm called Whisky Tree. I contacted them to find out who the artist was and I never got a response. Studying it carefully, I suspect it was a team pf artists. The motor home towers are 3d renders and the figure and trash is over-painted digitally, probably in Photoshop. Regardless, a tremendous amount of work went in to creating this illustration. I’m sad for the days gone when cover artists were recognized for their work. Anonymity is killing artists.

        • JJJanuary 8, 2013 at 11:20 amReplyAuthor

          Hey, good investigation. So the firm should have credit, right? Yeah, it should be listed more prominently somewhere.

    • Nicole KinneyJanuary 6, 2014 at 3:37 pmReply

      Same as above, but the much belated answer is Whiskytree’s Art Director, Joe Ceballos.

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