As you know, to me cover art is an important facet of any SFF novel. Which is why I go out of my way to post the covers of forthcoming books. Unfortunately, I'm aware that artists don't always have a lot of opportunities to showcase their talent and get widespread exposure for their work.
So in an attempt to change that, at least as much as I possibly can, I contacted a number of artists a while back to see if they would be interested in collaborating with me on a new series of posts meant to help them get some exposure and increase traffic to their respective websites.
The first person to test these waters is Vincent Chong, who won the British Fantasy Award for Best Artists in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He has also been shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Artist in 2008. On this side of the Atlantic, more and more of his work can be seen on various SFF covers for a number of limited editions from Subterranean Press.
To learn more about this talented artist and to see more of his work, head on out to http://www.vincentchong-art.co.uk/. Let's hope that we'll see more and more of his art gracing SFF covers for years to come!
Vincent will also be a guest blogger in a short while. He wrote a piece in which he'll take us through the entire process behind the creation of a cover. Using sketches, he'll take us through the evolution of a wide range of ideas when the artist gets a commission, to the various incarnations of the art print, all the way to the final cover. So stay tuned for that!
Even better, Vincent is offering one lucky winner the opportunity to pick any print from the Image Archive found on his site. The print will be a size of 8.3x11.7 inches and be printed on 280gsm Smooth Pearl paper. He'll even sign it if you want!=) So check out his website to see if there's anything you like there!
The rules are the same as usual. You need to send an email at reviews@(no-spam)gryphonwood.net with the header "VINCENT CHONG." Remember to remove the "no spam" thingy.
Second, your email must contain your full mailing address (that's snail mail!), otherwise your message will be deleted.
Lastly, multiple entries will disqualify whoever sends them. And please include your screen name and the message boards that you frequent using it, if you do hang out on a particular MB.
Good luck to all the participants!