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"Everything we read stimulates our mind to think, and what we think determines what we desire, and desires are the seedbed of our actions. Given this iron law of human nature--from reading to thinking, to desiring, to acting--we are shaping our destiny by the ideas we choose to have enter our minds through print." - Fr. John Hardon, S.J., The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Cover Artist Feature - Michael Whelan

Yesterday I wrote about how important book covers are to me, and this week's featured artist is Michael Whelan. If you've read with any depth in the science fiction/fantasy genre then you probably already know his work. From Anne McCaffrey's Pern series to Michael Moorcock's Elric series, Michael Whelan has been illustrating fantasy novels for over twenty-four years. He has won the Hugo award an amazing fourteen times.

The biography on his official website includes Whelan's artistic statement which, interestingly enough, is a quote by renowned Catholic author G.K. Chesterton:
"The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world."
Michael Whelan certainly lives up to that statement. I love his attention to detail and use of rich colors. My favorite of his covers are from Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy:

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