Book cover illustration and layout artwork by Duncan Long for Behind the Mask

Dr. David Gelber sent word that his book Behind the Mask: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons Who Perform Them is now available at

Normally operating rooms are brightly light, so things were a little tricky with this cover because the central figure tended to get lost in the background. Finally I hit upon using a black background with a bright light on the surgeon. It shouldn’t have worked, yet was one of those happy moments when everything unexpectedly worked well. The result was a picture with the whole attention focused on the surgeon, isolated and alone, in perfect keeping with the subject of the book

As for the book, well…. It’s a book about surgery by a surgeon — can’t get any closer to the subject than that. An eye-opening book for many, I suspect.
Duncan Long creates book cover illustrations for many self-publishing authors as well as HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, ISFiC Press, and many other publishers. You can view other of his book illustrations at: Duncan’s Book Cover Illustration Portfolio