Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How many times have you picked up a book because you liked the cover art? Yes, we're told to 'never judge a book by it's cover' and yet we do it all the time, both consciously and subconsciously. Good cover art can make or break a book, and publishers and authors know this. It's a sad thing that so few of us know anything about the artists who package our favorite books so beautifully. So, I'm going to do an ongoing series of cover artists to give them some well deserved recognition. Feel free to contact me with any suggestions!

To start of, I'm going to feature a well known artist: Chris McGrath. Even if you've never heard his name, chances are if you read any SFF, you've seen his work. He started doing professional illustration in 2001, and he is especially known for urban fantasy covers. 2011 was a huge year for McGrath, with covers for Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, and Kat Richardson, among others.

You can check out more of McGrath's work on his website.


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