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Book cover artists of­ten re­ceive lit­tle recog­ni­tion for their work, but one par­tic­u­lar best-seller in­tro­duced Dan’s art to a whole new au­di­ence…

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“Prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant cover to me, ca­reer wise, would be for Pa­tri­cia Briggs’ book Moon Called [above],” says Dan dos San­tos. “This is the first paint­ing I did for a se­ries that would go on to be­come a New York Times best-seller, and still my best-known se­ries to date.”

As an il­lus­tra­tor, Dan says, it’s not of­ten that he re­ceives recog­ni­tion from some­one out­side of the in­dus­try. He gives the ex­am­ple of Harry Pot­ter: “Very few peo­ple can ac­tu­ally tell you who the cover artist even is.” The suc­cess of the Moon Called helped put Dan “on the radar of a lot of fans and clients alike”. When he at­tends con­ven­tions, where he sells prints and signs au­to­graphs, it’s the paint­ing for that par­tic­u­lar cover that peo­ple recog­nise most. “I con­tin­u­ously hear peo­ple tell me, ‘This is the first paint­ing of yours I saw, and it made me buy the book’. “Hear­ing that makes me re­ally happy. Not be­cause it means they know my name or might buy more prints, but be­cause it’s con­fir­ma­tion that I did my job re­ally well, and they no­ticed.”

Dan based his well-known cover on a model shoot. Tor Books’ cre­ative di­rec­tor Irene Gallo calls it, “The quin­tes­sen­tial ur­ban fan­tasy cover”. moon called

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