Monday, March 31, 2008

Speaking of Cover Art...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Three great Stephan Martiniere covers for Kay Kenyon; I'm looking forward to the next book.

Shara said...

Pretty!

I'm still reading the second, but I'm really loving the series so far. The awesome covers are just icing on the cake! :)

human2dot0 said...

That's just amazing. Love his art.

Lou Anders said...

Shara, I am not kidding when I say three is the best of the bunch so far.
Human & Anonymous - he really captures for me that sense of wonder and cosmic grandeur that SF at its best engenders. And he quotes me as saying something similar in the recent issue of Corel Paint, which has a big interview with him with some great images of his work.

ces said...

The only problem is that Issue 13, the one that is supposed to have the Martiniere interview, is out of stock.

Lou Anders said...

Very sorry about that. I found it at B&N and read it in the store. I hope you can find it.

ces said...

Lou, I just went to B&N (it's next to the market - how convenient!) and bought the issue with Martiniere in it.

It's Issue 14 (not 13).

Thanks for the heads up!

Christinebrlwsnbe

Lou Anders said...

Very glad you found it - what do you think?

ces said...

Well, I found an error in the Martiniere interview right away - "Martiniere settled in California where he is now creative visual director for Midway Games." Midway, of course, is in Chicago.

Do they do these interviews live? Or send him email with questions & he responds with answers. The reason why I ask is that some of the questions & answers are almost word-for-word from other interviews/books.

But there was new information, just not a lot. Also, the questions were surface type - I'd of liked to see some more in-depth questions. Questions about the relationship between covers & the selling of the book, the place in today's world of the artist, is digital art art?, where he sees digital art going in the future, will the movie entertainment industry fall by the wayside to be replaced about the gaming industry, what about the impact of computers on books - these are all rough ideas, I'm sure you understand what I'm trying to say.

The quality of the images in the article are superb! I've seen all of them - the only one I can't quite place though is the red one on p. 15.

And a minor nit - I wish articles would use current photos of the people the articles are about. The one of Martiniere is a couple of years old, or more.

Lou Anders said...

I particularly like those questions!

Lou Anders said...

Ces - I showed Stephan your comments and he says to tell you that, regarding the photo, "I haven't changed much in 2 year, actually looking better..."

Also, "the red cover is the last of the quartet series for Tor - Autumn War."

ces said...

Hehehehe! Oh my, I needed that! If I'd known you were going to show them to him, I'd of emailed a copy to him directly. Thank you!

Did you get him to answer the questions for you? They'd be very interesting.

And I won't touch the photo comment - it would get me in deep trouble.

Lou Anders said...

Did not ask him, but did show SFSignal the questions as they are starting to do more round robins with illustrators.

ces said...

Here's another question: Do today's artists "owe" it to tomorrow's artists to leave them a legacy? What would that legacy be? Should they be doing anything to see that there are "tomorrow's artists?"

Nathan Fowkes said...

Ok I'm a post behind here but doggonnitt I love this cover. He's blended his usual excellent technical style with a decorative 60's thing. I haven't read this author yet but the cover art is a good enough reason to give it a go.

Lou Anders said...

Thanks Nathan. I believe the work is the equal to the art, or the reverse. I certainly don't think you'd feel bad about having this series lined up on the shelf with these covers once it's all said and done. Thanks!