There won’t be a lot of words in today’s blog. That’s because it’s about illustrators.
I’ve spent a lot of time this week researching illustrators. Yes, that’s right - I’ve spent time looking at pretty pictures on the internet and calling it work. I need them for our book covers. If you’re jealous I can recommend a long career in publishing, it’s good for the soul.
My journey started with the copies of Interzone I have on my desk, which lead me to talented chaps like Wayne Haag (Ad Astra in particular), Martin Hanford and Richard Wagner (the other one…). Then I started having a look through DeviantArt and other places and you know what? I found a lot more talented chaps and chapesses out there.
So here’s a selection of people I found. I've just picked out one picture in each case. They've all produced more and I've written this post largely to give them some more traffic because they're good and they deserve it. Go have a browse!
I'm not 100% sure if OxBoxer is ok with re-posting images so until I hear otherwise from her (I have asked) you'll just have to trust me and have a look at Khalida. The hint of Studio Ghibli, the balance of colours, the lambent flours - all very pleasing on the eye indeed. Salume has a surprisingly personal graphic style, one that sites comfortably between Japanese and American influences. She does some good character portraits too.