Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cover versions

A while ago, I posted a link to the fascinating blog maintained by Richard Tuschman, the artist who has designed the splendid cover for the US edition of The Shadow Walker.  Richard's posting on the subject was fascinating because he described the thinking that had led him to the final design, and also provided examples of some of the alternative designs he'd discarded along the way.  It offered a remarkable insight into the creative process. 

Well, he's now done something very similar in respect of his (equally splendid) cover for The Adversary, which Berkley Prime Crime are publishing in the US next year.  Again, he describes the process as well as providing examples of some discarded earlier versions. 

By coincidence, I was reading in this morning's Guardian about the increasing expansion of Tesco into book retailing in the UK.  Joel Rickett of The Bookseller notes that Tesco is moving well beyond simply stocking the obvious bestsellers, but notes in passing that 'the supermarket is typically unapologetic about its influence on the homogenisation of book cover design - pointing out that shoppers need to instantly recognise genres'.  I'm not sure whether that's true or not, but I hope it doesn't prevent artists such as Richard Tuschman from deploying their very considerable talent. 

 

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