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Illustrations

Discussion in 'The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands' started by chief4db, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    In the grant hardcover of DT III there r several illustrations in it. I wish more authors would use these and king to even do more. I know in today's world and even going back several decades that grown up books don't have pics. Those r for kids. I think that's ridiculous. Way back in ago time (reference to IT) a lot of books had Pics. Not sure when the philosophy changed but it would be nice to see more of it. Especially with some of the talent out there in the artist field. Just incredible work. For example in DT III on around page 257 shows a pic of eddie getting jake to come into their world. The pic of the wall coming to life represents the scene in the book so well it gave me goose bumps. I just wish on the door there would have been the words "the boy". That would have been perfect. I looked real hard to see if it was there but couldn't see it. The way it's drawn it could be easy to miss so I apologize if it's there. Like to here your opinions on this either way. And your ideas why it would inane the book or the other way if it detracts from it at all. My friend said he rather not have it bc it gives u the visual so the experience of creating the scene in your head and imagination is taking away. I called bs on em. It's not like there r 100 pics in there. I don't think it ruins it at all but all opinions welcome.
     
  2. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    Amen. Love all the Berni Wrightson stuff in Creepshow, The Stand (unedited), Cycle of the Werewolf, Wolves of the Calla (though to be brutally honest, ol Berni's eyes ain't what they used to be, and it shows in DT Five--gosh, I hate saying that).

    Michael Whelon, do ya.

    Aye, more illustrations, sure. Especially in the big ol bricks.
     
  3. AudioArtist

    AudioArtist Well-Known Member

    I really am fond of illustrations too. I do agree that sometimes it may put an image in your head that conflicts with how you've imagined that character in your mind. I can get past that. I just look at it and think, "Well, that's great artwork but you got so and so's face and body all wrong!"
    In the end whatever is in my head wins out over the illustrations. So by all means pile 'em in there! I love good artwork!
     
  4. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    I love illustrations in books, too.

    Although I wish the artists either read or be told the descriptions of the characters, the settings and the events. Sometimes the art clearly contradicts some explicit descriptions.
     
  5. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    While I love Ned Dameron's illustrations for DT III, there is one glaring error that he made. Jake's hair is dark (see Key & Rose illustration.) Jake has blond hair, not brown or black. Illustrations add so much to the story and for the Tower books we've had the best out there. Whelan especially. He gets those books!
     
  6. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    That is the kind of lack of attention to details that I thought of before. In my eyes, it takes greatness away from what could be an awesome piece of art: technically superb, but not really completely connected to the source material (only on the surface).
     
  7. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    Just searched him and saw a pic of Jake and the rose.

    For that one, Jake should be blond, wear a blue blazer, red necktie, gray dressing pants, have his two newly bought books with him, and he should not have a back pack (not only were they not used at Piper, but he left his school things at the classroom).

    His pic of the Jake and the door looks fantastic in its composition. Jake's expression is really well done. But he should be wearing totally different clothes, as he had dressed more casually for his trip.

    When were these illustrations painted? Were they ready for the original release of the book, or did they come later?

    I could understand (just a little) these inaccuracies if they had to be finished before the book was ready to be published, so perhaps he worked from less detailed descriptions. But if the book was available when he started working, then it seems he simply did not care about the details, which is sad, since it seems he is an amazing artist.
     
  8. Tery

    Tery I want to look at life In the available light Moderator

    Perhaps Mr. Dameron was not given as much detail as we've gleaned from reading. The illustrations would have to have been received way ahead of publish date. Just a thought...
     
  9. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....I likes pitcher bewks....:gorilla:
     
  10. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    Yeah, I kept looking later and realized they were included in the first printing. And they are quite a few illustrations, so he may have had to start months before publication date.
     

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