Wel­come... to the real cover stars

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Editor’s Letter -

I’m fas­ci­nated by the psy­chol­ogy of book cover art. I know from my ex­pe­ri­ence of wan­der­ing around book stores that I’m com­pletely and ut­terly swayed by my first vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence of that book. I’ll dis­miss or grab hold of a tome purely be­cause of what’s on the front of the jacket: the colour, style, char­ac­ter. I’m sure you’re no dif­fer­ent. We may think we’re de­cid­ing on which book to buy, but in re­al­ity, months of plan­ning and art di­rec­tion en­sures that we’ve al­ready been hand-picked our­selves.

Which is why it irks me that il­lus­tra­tors are of­ten over­looked when peo­ple talk about suc­cess­ful books. I get an­noyed when I read an ar­ti­cle about a ti­tle – es­pe­cially an il­lus­trated book or graphic novel – and I can only find men­tion of the au­thor. Un­less the au­thor is very well known, it’s the art that will first grab the reader’s at­ten­tion.

Luck­ily, this is some­thing Imag­ineFX can help ad­dress. This is­sue we’re fo­cus­ing on book il­lus­tra­tors. There’s Jonny Dud­dle’s tales of reimag­in­ing the Harry Pot­ter books (even though he’d never read them him­self!) and Tony DiTer­l­izzi’s fairy tale of his Spi­der­wick Chron­i­cles book se­ries mak­ing it to the big screen. We’re also tak­ing a peek in­side Or­bit Books, which is cur­rently work­ing on the book cov­ers of your next reads, and we’ve got top tips on get­ting into the in­dus­try – lead­ing il­lus­tra­tors are on hand to share their se­crets with you, too. All in all, it’s a ver­i­ta­ble page turner of an is­sue. You won’t be able to put it down…

Our spe­cial cover for sub­scribers this is­sue.

Claire Howlett, Edi­tor claire@imag­inefx.com

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