Saturday, August 5, 2017

This Month In Covers: July/August

-By Dan dos Santos

Science Fiction and Fantasy is a robust genre, and there is no shortage of beautiful covers that come and go each month. So I've decided to start a new monthly segment here on Muddy Colors, called 'This Month in Covers', which will highlight some of the best covers of the past 30 days.

Even though many us here are focused primarily on producing (or wanting to produce) cover work, it's sort of astounding at just how uninformed many of us are about what is actually ON THE SHELF at any given moment.  Yes, we see our friends post images on Facebook and Instagram, often times months before the book is actually released. But that is usually a pretty narrow view of what the current marketplace actually looks like. When was the last time you walked around a real bookstore and explored the covers there the same way the general populace gets exposed to them? When was the last time you visited a comic book shop?

That said, let's take a moment to enjoy some of the exceptional art that is on the shelves right now.

Art by Jason Shawn Alexander

A Song For Quiet
Art by Jeffrey Alan Love

Dark Sky
Art by John Harris

Heroine Worship
Art by Jason Chan

An Echo of Things to Come
Art by Dominick Saponaro

The Five Daughters of the Moon
Art by Anna and Elena Balbusso

By Chance or Providence
Art by Becky Cloonan


  1. this is a real void filler. i hope this will come back every month. thanks!

  2. Great article for aspiring book cover artists! Thnx

  3. I love this idea for posts. Plus, I now have a new goal... catch Dan's fickle and sleep deprived eye and get included on this list.

  4. I love this and it's great inspiration to fuel the craft. Thanks, Dan!

  5. Very cool idea! It's nice to see a variety of styles from cover to cover. It actually positively surprised me as I was expecting something a bit more homogeneous.

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  7. Thanks for including me here, Dan. Great idea for a monthly segment! This is something I try to get across to students all the time. Get out from behind the laptops and experience illustration in the real world. You get a much better understanding of different markets this way. Looking forward to future installments!

  8. I really like this kind of posts, they remind me of how rich and different a cover art and design can be... Thank you!

  9. Love this idea. Some beautiful art here.


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