Here is a luscious little post (over on Pilgrim in Narnia) by artist Emily Austin about the process of creating the winning cover design for The Inklings and King Arthur. Do read it; I think you will love it!
As guest editor I can freely say, one of the many delights of this blog is Brenton’s brilliance in finding and selecting examples of book covers of works under discussion, post after post. But today we have the exceptional delight of reading the inside story of how a contemporary artist and designer, Emily Austin, went to work and became the maker of the cover of The Inklings & King Arthur. However discerning your enjoyment of it is already, I warrant it will be deepened and increased, as mine was, by reading this.
David Llewellyn Dodds, Guest Editor
I had about 36 hours to come up with a cover proposal for The Inklings and King Arthur.
When I found out about the contest (via editor Sørina Higgin’s posts on Twitter), my husband Ryan and I were away from our Indiana home, en route to watch the total solar eclipse in…
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It is really great to learn so much of the depth and richness of what is immediately visually appealing – like a sword from the centuries of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Malory, an Inklings pipe, a possible Tolkien recollection in the appearance of the smoke – and to have the visual glimpses of exploration and refinement leading to the final form we see on the book cover!