If you’re anything like me, nothing gets you’re imagination working overtime quite like classic sci-fi and fantasy illustration. It’s a bittersweet experience to delve into the intricate work that used to go into everything from movie posters to book covers; these days this kind of craftmanship is few and far between. While exploring for just such imagery, I fell face-first into a Death Star sized Flickr Pool full of classic sci-fi novel covers. Some really wicked art in there, worth a look if you have some time on your hands.
Back in grade school I used to grab a few of these things in the library and give them a read, the covers always sucked me in and the stories, oftentimes, didn’t really live up to the art on the cover. I found that if I filled in the plot holes on my own, I could make an otherwise lackluster story better. The cover art was the spark, I was able to run with it and create the rest of the visuals in my mind. It’s like when I browse for inspiration today; I find a jumping-off point and then take it the rest of the way myself.