A bit of artist love, for a change

I admit to being a shallow little thing. Making sure all my friends are gorgeous and talented – you bet. Judging books by their covers – naturally.

 

I’ve been thinking about how covers are something that authors generally have so little control over, and yet they are the very first thing a reader bases judgement on. We’ve all heard horror stories of truly dreadful covers, and I know I’ve seen covers that have made me question what unfathomable thing the author had done to the designer in a previous existence.

 

But I’m not going to talk about those kind of covers today. Instead, I’m going to focus on three covers that made the authors happy, and that hopefully are going to work as advertisements for the contents. Actually, I’m not going to talk about the covers at all, the authors are.

 

First off is Lisa Mantchev’s Eyes like Stars.

“The first file I saw was incomplete, the fairies not yet rendered, and Bertie didn’t have her necklace yet, but my first reaction was one of utter glee. Jason Chan got it so exactly right that I was floored.

 

And then I did the Happy Dance. It was dorktastic.  🙂

I very much think Jason’s artwork (and the Feiwel & Friends’ art department’s lovely design) is representative of the book I wrote. You–the reader–will look at it and know you’re in for a theater-based fantasy with some serious silliness (blue hair!) tossed in like glitter. My hope is that lots of people WILL judge the book by its cover, buy the book, and feel like the story lived up to the art.”

 

–Lisa Mantchev

 

Cindy Pon, on her cover for the upcoming Silver Phoenix.

 

Seeing my book cover for the first time was probably one of the highlights of my path to publication. My editor had consulted me on models and costumes, but to finally see the cover rendered so gorgeously–with a model who looks exactly as I pictured my heroine–it pretty much floored me.”

 — Cindy Pon

 

 And Kelly Meding weighs in on her reaction to the artwork for Three Days To Dead.

 

 

“As a debut author, so much is riding on having a fabulous, attention-grabbing cover. The moment I opened that attachment and saw my cover, I wanted to send everyone involved six dozen roses and a case of champagne. Yes, my jaw dropped, and yes, I started to cry. I was looking at my book’s heroine, almost exactly as I’d imagined her in my head. I still grin like a fool when I see it, and am so very grateful for my cover’s awesomeness.”

 

— Kelly Meding

 


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6 thoughts on “A bit of artist love, for a change”

  1. I think the illustrations for all three covers are fantastic. My only quibble would be with the text treatment on the last one. From a graphic design standpoint it feels a bit amateurish. Text doesn’t have to be a basic font with the font’s default kerning and leading settings. And just adding a bevel and shadow doesn’t make it much better. I work with fabulous graphic designers everyday, and I’m sure they could have come up with a text treatment that was stronger than this. That said, please don’t take this as an attack on the cover, because it is still quite striking, and as I said, the illustration is fabulous, I just wish the designer who did the text was up to par with the illustrator.

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