Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Cover Feature: Eyes Like Stars - With Lisa Mantchev

The cover for Eyes Like Stars is another one of my favourites. I love the colours and the artwork, and it's definitely a book that will stand out in stores. Author Lisa Mantchev has very kindly taken the time to write a few thoughts on the cover, which are posted below. Thanks, Lisa!


Cover Feature: Eyes Like Stars

Author: Lisa Mantchev
Cover photographer: Jason Chan
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Release dates: July 7th, 2009 (US)

Lisa's Thoughts on the Cover

Shaking hands. That's what I remember most about spotting an email from my publisher with "Cover Art" in the subject line. That, and it seemed to take forever to open and download that email. My browser might have even timed out... the seconds passed and sweat popped out all over my forehead, and I thought I might be sick...

Then the preliminary art loaded in. The first version had Bertie, mostly complete but without the medallion's chain around her neck. The fairies were roughed in as balls of light. The curtains weren't quite rendered yet.

But I LOVED it. I might have cried with joy and relief. To this day, I thank my Fairy CoverMother for sprinkling good fortune on my head. I thank the art department at F&F, and I feel very, very lucky to have Jason Chan as a cover artist. He's a talented guy, and he so perfectly captured the essence of the book that there isn't a single thing about that art that I would change.


  • To read an interview with artist Jason Chan on Lisa's site, click here.


Chicklish said...

Fantastic post, and I love the cover!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great feature! This is one of my favourite covers this year.

Sab H. said...

I love this cover!! She's right!

Thao said...

I love the cover too, even though the face of the girl looks weird, I think it fits the book really well.

Jessica Kennedy said...

Love this cover! Loved the book!

elnice said...

Love the cover too!

Khy said...

This cover is GORGEOUS. =0 I loves it. It looks like it was done with colored pencils or something, which is pretty darn awesome, I think.

Melissa Walker said...

I love this cover too! Gorgeous!