Catcher In The Rye for the Forbidden Planet competition

Catcher In The Rye cover illustration for the Forbidden planet competition.

Forbidden Planet have now put up all the entries and I love the diversity of the work presented. There really is some very different and interesting approaches to the challenge.

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2012/where-have-all-the-illustrators-gone-a-gallery-of-entries/

So for those who’ve missed the discussion Forbidden Planet has been running a competition in the last couple of months to showcase what London illustrators can create in terms of book covers after some less than complimentary comments in Melanie McDonagh article in the Independent earlier this year.

The discussion about modern illustration went something like this.

Starting with the original article by Melanie McDonagh back in January.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/where-have-all-the-book-illustrators-gone-6291792.html

Personally I just think some individuals are living in a bubble, don’t look beyond there own network of connections and frankly a lot of very lazy journalism is churned out. Sadly this is one such example.

Sarah McIntyre then responded.

http://jabberworks.livejournal.com/470771.html

She had some very salient points, especially for me, the idea that good illustration is not about drawing accurate portrayals it’s about visually encompassing the idea of a text in a way that makes it enticing to a potential reader.

Finally Forbidden Planet weighed into the debate and set a competition to show the diversity and ability of London’s illustrators.

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2012/where-have-all-the-book-illustrators-gone-open-your-bloody-eyes/

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2012/where-have-all-the-illustrators-gone-a-challenge/

Perhaps we as readers and artists need to challenge publishers the world over to commission more illustration from the amazing pool of talent instead of using stock photography as the default. Just a thought.