Illustrators You Want Drawing Your Book Cover

5 Illustrators You Want Drawing Your Book Cover

Their pictures are worth thousands of words.


When we pick up a book to read, maybe for the first time, the first thing that draws our attention is the front cover. It's superficial but it's also art. Like the book that was written, the cover will tell its own story and represent the book you read. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but they didn't say anything about just the cover. Here are five illustrators that will draw you in to your next read.

1. Ralph Steadman

The Econimist

The inklings of Ralph Steadman are madness maddened but they are more than a bout of anger. The British illustrator is widely known for his work with journalist and author of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" Hunter S. Thompson, but his art speaks to the frailty and cruelty of the world with a self-aware silver lining. Steadman creates a world that is uniquely his but also one that begs the question: are we all mad? Surely not Steadman. See his art collection here.

2. Joseph Mugnaini

The University of Kansas

Dynamic lines and curvature with a wide spectrum of color make this Italian illustrator an original avant-garde. Joseph Mugnaini has art in motion that puts the viewer into emotions of a deep-seated kind. He is best known for his collaboration with science fiction author Ray Bradbury, with his most famous cover being the paper man of "Fahrenheit 451." (Steadman started a fire of his own as well). Mugnaini's style captures the moment of spontaneous memory and brings it to life with a certain mysticism and an uncertain future. Check out his other illustrations here and his illustrations for a short film based on Ray Bradbury's original story "Icarus Montgolfier Wright".

3. Chip Kidd

The kid-in-a-candy-of-store of artists, Chip Kidd brings his graphic design prowess to the literary world. He has worked with a number of authors, such as David Sedaris, Haruki Murakami, and Michael Crichton, and the covers all capture a part of each writer's story. The contrasts and simple visuals stand true to Kidd's artistic approach of clarity and mystery in balance.

4. Quentin Blake

If you read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" or anything from Roald Dahl growing up, then you've seen the art of Quentin Blake. Another British illustrator who is more of a "Ralph Steadman on a good day," Blake will be sure to treat you with his childhood-like whimsy. The wonderful glow of his water colors welcome the colorful and murky sides of life.

5. Craig Thompson

Wisconsinite graphic novelist Craig Thompson gives attention to realism while bending the extremities to a humorous but serious size. His coming-of-age autobiography "Blankets" has won eight awards, two of them Eisner awards, and his more recent works "Habibi" (an Islamic love story) and "Space Dumplins" (a father-daughter space drama) have reached wide acclaim. Check out his illustrations and blog here.

People usually think of children's books when they think of illustration, but the world of illustration speaks to everyone. Illustrators are the welcome mat to the literary world along with the world of art at large. History shows that illustrations were never meant to hang exclusively on the walls of the aristocracy. Illustrators are more diverse and telling of a culture, an ethnicity, an identity, that extends far beyond the canvas they share their stories on.

The next time you pick a book off the shelf, take the time to appreciate the story it may be telling with its cover before you turn the pages. Learn more about illustration with these resources from the Norman Rockwell Museum.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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5 Things To Think About During Trans Week Of Visibility

You should always think of your trans friends, but especially during this week.


Trans week of visibility is March 25 through March 31, these are the five things you should keep in mind during those days (and at all times).

1. Using The Correct Pronouns Are Extremely Important

If you do not know which pronouns to use, just ask. When talking to a trans person do not assume their pronouns, hell- don't assume a cisgender persons pronouns it is always better to ask someones pronouns when you first start talking to them. Using the correct pronouns is a major step in accepting trans people and it makes us feel so much more accepted, loved, and respected. It isn't that hard to do, so just ask.

2. Dead Names Are Dead For A Reason

If you know a trans persons dead name, DO NOT SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. It is dead for a reason. When trans people change their name (or pronouns) it is to reflect how they truly feel on the inside and show it to the outside world. This is something that is personal and should not be shared with anyone. Deadnaming a trans person is violent. Once a trans person has told you "Hey, I go by this name now", use that new name. Embrace it, love it, accept it, move on.

3. Never Ask What Genitals Trans People Have Or Which Bathroom They Use

First off, this is none of your business and why do you want to know? This is very private information and unless you're a doctor performing surgery or a doctor treating a patient you do not need to know what genitals a person has. Nobody needs to know which bathroom a person uses. That's all I have to say about this. Just don't do either of these things.

4. The World Isn't That Safe For Us, So Please Try To Make It Safer

Most of us are afraid to come out, even if you have been by our side no matter what or you have made comments that you would support us if we were trans. We are terrified because we know what the world is like for trans people. We see that the world we live in is a scary place for minorities and we are one of them. Being trans isn't easy, but coming out is one of the most freeing feelings in the world because you finally get to let the world in on who you truly are. It's all a scary process. If we come out to you, or even if we don't- just try to make the world safer for trans people. It's our cisgender allies that make the world safer for us. Without you all there is no change.

5. Love Us, Respect Us, Support Us

That's all we ask.

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