Current Release

Current Release
The Warrior's Viking Bride

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Judy York, the illustrator for Taken by the Viking

I always wonder about my covers.Who did them, when and what influences my book had (if any)

Imagine my delight when I discovered the Barnes and Noble video of Judy York talking about how she does her illustrations. In it, she mentions Taken by the Viking and how she used Viking headboards and tapestries to give it a realistic feel. The inside front cover of the US version is also shown briefly, and that picture helped to inspire Ivar's story (the one currently sitting on my editors' desks). I loved her whole approach to producing a cover image.

So if you are interested in cover illustration, you can view the full video here.


CherylStJohn said...

Awesome! I enjoyed watching it!

Liz Fielding said...

That is a fabulous cover, Michelle.

Michelle Styles said...

Yes,Cheryl I thought the video pretty awesome as well. I knew a little bit about Judy York and so was really thrilled to learn she had done Taken. My editor at the time had said something about it being done by a prominant ilustrator...but she never said who.

And yes, Liz, I think it is an awesome cover.
I love finiding out about how illustrators work.