These days I’ve found that bookshops have become my galleries and art museums. I’ll frequently visit old vintage book stores and high-street chains just to wander through their shelves and soak up all the cover art. They say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but if you ask me, there’s few things more enjoyable then walking through a book store and guessing what lies just behind that striking image on the front.
One cover artist who has recently caught my eye is Chris Silas Neal. Based in Brooklyn, Chris has worked on a variety of projects over the years including posters, packaging, advertising, television and magazine work, but it’s his book covers that I think I love the most.
Often mixing smart retro-style illustration with bold hand-drawn type, Chris’ work is instantly inviting and cheerfully playful. “The goal is for my work to be truthful to what is happening in this moment — reflect contemporary culture — while holding on to some simplicity and innocence embodied by images used in commercial art of the past” he said in an interview with Apartment Therapy. I love his use of color and the restrained simplicity of his illustrations.
You can view more book-covers and plenty of other projects from Chris over on his website. Enjoy!