Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Ugly Truth About Art Directors

...is that they get to take credit for a lot of other people's hard work. And, when they are off doing fun things like going to meetings, their assistants become much better designers than they are. Here is one of my favorite Tor covers hitting the shelves now. This was done by our fantastic staff designer, Jamie Stafford-Hill.



7 comments:

Matt said...

Cool site Irene. I was really into Heavy Metal as an early illustrator and was pegging myself to be a comic industry chap. I still bust out the pen and ink every so often. You really have got an awesome job, and it sounds like you are working your dream. SF art is an edgy business--keep shaping it. I am going to try to track down this Space Opera Renaissance book. What a catchy cover!

Douglas said...

Just a lowly non-artist here, but why?

It seems nice enough to me and not inappropriate, but certainly not compelling.

I realize that this is supposed to be showing dawn from space--and thus 'renaissance', but isn't that a little too obtuse for medium that is glance and go?

I would love to know why this is more effective--or whatever qualifications an art director uses--than whatever was passed over.

Jonathan said...

I'm interested in your thoughts on this cover as well. In all honesty, I'd just thought it was a pretty straight lift from the work Gollancz had done on Alastair Reynolds books.

Irene Gallo said...

It's rare that we get away with such a reserved cover. I love having the pure typography with _just_ enough imagery to suggest that it's worth seeing what's around the bend.

Holding the actual book is great. At 2 inches think, it gives the cover added weight. It makes for a great object.

Andrew Wheeler said...

I like that one a lot. It's a Big Serious cover for a Big Serious book -- anything with that kind of heft shouldn't look frivolous.

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