Words of Radiance: Book II of the Stormlight Archive
by Brandon Sanderson – Cover Reveal
On Monday, Tor revealed the cover artwork for Brandon Sanderson’s upcoming novel Words of Radiance the second book in the Stormlight Archive series. It’s no secret that Sanderson is one of my favorite authors that are currently writing and The Stormlight Archive is shaping up to be the hallmark fantasy series of this time.
This cover is another gorgeous piece done by Michael Whelan, the man some consider to be the hallmark of fantasy novel paintings. His mastery of color and depth lends a certain weight to each piece that draws you into the scene almost as surely as the words on the pages.
There’s always something deeply fascinating about seeing the workspace of an artist and Whelan proves no different. There’s a lot I would give to spend an hour just perusing the area and examining the random paint drops on the floor or the random bits of reference photos pinned around the space.
If you’d like to see more, Tor.com has an excellent post detailing Michael Whelan’s process over here. It’s definitely worth a look to see the different stages that’ve gone into the painting as well as a ton more artwork.