So, a couple of weeks ago I posted two different covers I love, and the history of that. And I realized today while looking back at that, that I never mentioned the artist’s name, just the artist who had influenced me before. Well, I need to remedy that. It’s Cliff Nielsen, and you can find his portfolio here, where I’m sure fans of sf/f, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance will recognize a few images (and Nalini also just ran a fantastic interview with the artist for her cover, Tony Mauro.)
So I started thinking about other cover artists. The look of Ilona’s Kate Daniel’s series was established by Chad Michael Ward — who has also done the fantastic Rogue Angel books, and many more (website here, but not all images are safe for work or weak stomachs.)
Any book with a Chris McGrath cover will make me look twice. So will Dan Dos Santos. I first looked up Larry Rostant because he’d illustrated the redesigned Anne Bishop covers, and saw that he’d also done The Drowning City (a recent favorite) and several others that I recognized and thought were gorgeous.
So, let’s give our favorite cover artists some love. Find your favorite book, and see if they are mentioned in the copyright page. Or look through a few other pages (mostly SF/F/UF) to see if there are any that catch your eyes, and let us know here in the comments. And I don’t know who did Patrice’s covers (those eyes in Scions: Revelation!) and Jill’s (rawr!), but if you ladies know…?
You can never judge the quality of a book by its cover … but that doesn’t mean those covers can’t be fantastic quality, and worth a shout out to the designers who put the pretty around our pages.
My latest pretty? There will be a few changes in the font, but other than that…