|Thus Spake The Creator
Guide Art and Cover Art
Q: What is your opinion of the cover art?
Q: Robert, we're getting questions about cover art. Do
you get to choose the artist? The theme?
Q: Speaking of illustrations, do you feel the cover
illustrations to your books accurately reflex your
characters and settings?
I am in two online guilds based on the World of Time
series, but I heard you have officially approved one; I
have also heard you approved no guilds. Which guild, if
any did you approve? (And why did you let Darrel Sweet do
your book covers? The Armylin wants to know.)
Hi, Mr. Jordan! I love your books! I have both the
hardcover and paperback editions of all the Wheel of Time
books. Can you please tell us why the cover to the
paperback edition of A CROWN OF SWORDS is different from
the hardcover? Thanks!
Do you feel that the cover for THE PATH OF DAGGERS is
accurate or inaccurate of the things inside, considering
some of the past work?
With regard to the covers, both my editor and I have fought long and hard to get them to be the way they should be. And obviously with a high futility quotient. Countless descriptions of Trollocs, pointing out that Rand is approximately 6'5"--'6" tall, descriptions of the swords, of Perrin's axe, etc. The "dwarf Moiraine on a pony" problem was only the first, along with Lan being in armour and the Robin Hood clothes. I do not assign blame. On those occasions when either my editor or I have been able to speak directly to Darryl Sweet, the problems in sketches have been solved handily for the most part. (You did not realise that there were discrepancies in the sketches which never made it onto the covers, did you?) Sometimes you just give up after awhile; with Rand's height, for instance. After five books showing him as maybe 6' tall, I've simply bagged trying for the extra 6". As for the changing hair colours, I fear you must look to the printing process for that blame. When we see the cover painting, all colours are as we wish them to be, but then we must hope that the colours are reproduced with some degree of faithfulness on the actual covers. The expense of printing covers and/or dust jackets is such that no publisher is going to throw away a set and reprint simply because the characters' hair has changed colour.
Q: Do the portrayals of the people on the covers,
match what you think they look like?
Oh, this was very interesting: a
question about the artwork in the guide...
Reports from signings
Oh he aslo made excuses for Mr Sweet?? er cover art guy. He said the publishers dont give him enough time a nd yes he did read Eye of the World before drawing the cover. He said mr sweet? is a slow ass artists but a good one.
Somehow, the topic wandered over to his Conan novels,
and one of the booksellers said he had heard that the art
department had serious debates as to whether the scantily-clad
warrior-woman should be flung over Conan's shoulder
on the cover, or held tightly to his chest. Jordan
(dirty old man that he is) quipped that "over the
shoulder" was the obvious choice, for perfectly
mercenary reasons. He then went on to say that if
the cover art
Someone asked how he chose the cover artist, and we
got a nice long spiel with some previously unknown
information. Jordan and his wife went through
bookstores picking out books based on their (if they
liked it) cover art and finding out who did the cover.
It came down to two artists, Darrel K Sweet and Michael
Whelan. The deciding factor was that Whelan wants
the manuscript to read for a year before he will deliver
a cover, and they just couldn't wait that long.They are
apparently considering a later reissue of the entire
series with different covers, perhaps by Whelan, once it
Sweet Criticism and General Commentary
Detail problems with Sweet are due to communication
difficulties; there is not much time or opportunity for
I was surprised by the candor of RJ's remarks regarding Sweet's covers. At least we know he is just as exasperated by them as we are. If only Michael Whelan and Jordan had been able to work a deal out--man. Talk about poster-worthy and collectible art.