Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Michael Whelan's Works of Wonder

I just had to write about this brilliant book. It's by a cover artist who I greatly respect and admire simply because I'd love to have him design my bookcover one day when I get published; however that'll take time.

Michael Whelan is one of the most well-known cover artists around. He had designed many covers of the books of the greatest authors from Isaac Asimov to Stephen King; and not only that, he has also put his hand to designing record covers and calendars (I own one of his calendars; and that's how I got to know his work!).

This book was found in a charity store by pure chance and once I got it home, I found it was in the most beautiful condition. None of the pages are spoiled, marked and nobody had been eating or drinking around this book. The dustcover is still intact and the main cloth cover is unmarked and well-cared for.

Michael Whelan was born in Massachusetts on 29 June 1950. During his early years, he fell in love with the arts and spent all his money on art supplies and brushes; something his father didn't approve of. However, the Whelan family was always on the move, and so Michael went to 5 elementary schools, 3 junior highs and 4 high schools in California and Colorado. Since 1980, Michael has been making his mark on the covers of books, cds and vinyls and also establishing his own fine art gallery work. To read more about his life and achievements, I've included a link on the sidebar as there's just too much info to put here.

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