Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Cover ART! by Cathy Ace

Business: What makes a great book cover? Is it the title or the graphics? Do you have favorites that you think work?

I honestly think the title, the subject/type of book, the artwork and the typography have to work as one to do the best job possible. But this – as you know – is my confessional, so I am taking today as my chance to sing the praises of my favourite cover artist of all time – Tom Adams. And I'll be honest - for me, the typography is "in its place" on the covers he created, as opposed to being a part of the artwork as such - and I know there are many, many wonderful covers out there...but I just want to share his work with you all!

L to R: David Curran, Jake Kerridge, Tom Adams.
His artwork is renowned and will be on my bookshelves forever, because he illustrated the Agatha Christie covers for over 20 years, and created the covers I read when I came to know her work. I was fortunate enough to meet him at CrimeFest in 2017 – and am the proud owner of a signed copy of the book commissioned to celebrate his work. It’s hard to believe – as you look at the detail in the work below – that he’s an illustrator, not a photographer. 

His hyper-realistic technique, matched with his surreal approach appealed to me then, and now. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

 To see more of his work, here's his website:

I'd be honoured if you'd consider reading my work:

BLATANT SELF PROMOTION! This is the cover of my new book - which is launched TODAY

Please check it out  and please consider ordering it through your local library, or your local bookstore, or via an online retailer? 
It's available as a hardcover, trade paperback or an e-book.
To read some lovely blurbs from fellow 7 Criminal Minds bloggers CLICK HERE



Dietrich Kalteis said...

You're right, Cathy, Tom Adams sure created some great covers.

Cathy Ace said...

He did - and the book of his work I bought at CrimeFest, which he signed for me, is a treasured possession :-)