Friday, June 20, 2008

The Painted Word

by Tom Wolfe // Picador

Painting by Norman Rockwell

Cover painting: The Connoisseur by Norman Rockwell, printed by permission of the Norman Rockwell Family Agency Inc. © 1962, Norman Rockwell Family Entities. Photograph courtesy of the Archives of the American Illustrators Gallery, NYC © 2008 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI

How often do you get the chance to work with a classic Norman Rockwell painting on a book cover? And when you do, you absolutely can not crop, alter or print type over it. Which is fine by me. Nice.

Initial idea:


Gould said...

I like the initial idea better.

Robert said...

Think so too. The second cover is really much better. I love the idea, but I would shrink the type a bit.

Gould said...

The first one is much more mainstream

The Book Designer said...

Like the initial idea better too.

That painting does not look like Rockwell. But it's a well designed cover and looks attractive enough to pick it up. I love the recent stream of illustrative covers. For a while all you saw out there seemed to be photo-based covers.

David Gee said...

I think the Rockwell is the perfect choice for this particular title.