I have to admit, sometimes I do judge a book by it’s cover. In the case of books by Juliet Marillier and Patricia A. Mckillip anyway. I commend their agents or whoever it was who picked the cover of these books – absolutely gorgeous art! That was how I discovered Kinuko Y. Craft and Josephine Wall – two of my favorite fantasy artists right now. I love how the paintings meld together with detail but still dream-like and flowing. They’re so magical and mysterious and colourful and just plain wonderful! They do folklore themes, fairytale themes, faerie themes, mythological themes, all those themes that I love reading about. It must take them hours and hours to complete one! I read on someone’s blog that he had Kinuko Y. Craft paint a likeliness of his daughter as a faerie. I’m so jealous!! I really really really want a poster of each of them right now, but I can’t find them. I might have to order online or at ebay or something. My favorite Kinuko Y. Craft painting is the one for the cover of Juliet Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing . I love how you can tell that Kinuko Y. Craft must have read the book or consulted with the author because the painting contains all the little details that you recognize from the story. For Josephine Wall, I love her painting “The Spirit of Flight” .
Sometimes book covers images have nothing to do with the actual story and you’re left to wonder why in the world they used that image in the first place? Ohhhh one thing that gets to me is when a movie comes out based on the book, and then, lo and behold, they start selling the books with the movie cover on it. Sometimes i can’t even find the original cover anymore. bleh.