A New Look at Shadows…

When senior design student Herman Chaneco was tasked with designing covers for a book series – which shadowy trilogy  do you think he picked?

Herman Chaneco has managed to pull of some stunning light-and-shadows art here with his own creations for the Night Angel Trilogy covers. As he put it: “Notice that the shadows create two images. One fills in the typography and the other light source creates the character.”

Pretty amazing art!

Here are the three covers, in order, with two shots each so you can see the covers with the light at different angles:

Was it just my imagination, or did that shadow just take a swipe at me with a sword?

The Way of Shadows

Those wetboys… always creeping around on ceilings where you can’t notice them…

The Shadow’s Edge

Somehow, Chaneco managed to make it look like Kylar could be either beyond or in the shadows… at the same time.

Beyond the Shadows

Many thanks to Herman Chaneco for sharing his hard work, I’m pumped I get to share it with you all (and I’m pretty sure he got an A+)!

If any of you has some great original Night Angel Trilogy or Black Prism visual art, feel free to send it to me at brent@brentweeks.com. Mostly because I love to see it–but every once in a while, if I’m confronted with awesome, I may ask your permission to share them with everyone.

11 thoughts on “A New Look at Shadows…

  1. robert baker says:

    those look freakin sweet!!!!!!!!!! when will that cover art be available for purchase?

  2. nuitblanche' says:

    Amazing work, truly great! He should get that A+. Thanks for showing your followers.

    Wish I could go to Portland on the 14 & 15th at Powells; I would LOVE to see you and for you to sign my book (Probably “Black Prism”, but any would do!)

    1. robert says:

      its bad ass the font the color the only thing i feel pulls away is the siloetes they look more ninja than assassin

  3. Nica says:

    Oh. Em. SHIZZLES!!! When I saw it, it, lyke, LITERALLY took my breath away. It’s so FRIDGIN’ awesum!! Wow. Who is this Herman dude anyway? He must be, lyke, SUPER-out-there 2 evn think of something like this… Once again, WOW

  4. Fred says:

    That is wicked! You and Herman need an agreement to do posters!!!

  5. ashley says:

    woooow these are incredible! I am such a fan of Herman Chaneco he’s amazing. Will this be available for purchase any time soon?

  6. Herman Chaneco says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen the post. I’m glad you guys like the work. =)

  7. Kylie says:

    Wow that is pretty impressive! I think they would be great as limited edition covers! Totally what being a Wetboy is all about!

  8. Malazan says:

    Hi Brent,i still think the “Night Angel Trilogy” covers done by French artist Frédéric Perrin r way better,those covers really would want a person not familiar with ur work buy ur books.

    anyway,whats up with these French publishers and good cover artwork?why r they so much better then the US/UK covers that we get to have? i loved The Black Prism but im not exactly crazy about the cover artwork,hehehe…

    u might want to check out another talented french artist – Marc Simonetti,this guy has been doing some amazing covers,check his cover artwork for Ken Scholes’ “Psalms of Isaak” ,Patrick Rothfuss’ “The Name of the Wind” and George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”,amazing stuff.

    1. D says:

      @Malazan, the artwork by Marc Simonetti is no doubt good illustrations, but these designed book covers by Herman Chaneco are definitely outside the box type of thinking, its edgy, its risky, where Simonetti, is predictable and traditional, it wouldn’t stand out from all the other books in the same genre on store shelves. Simonetti’s style forces an idea, an image in the reader’s imagination where as Chaneco’s creates freedom to imagine, isn’t that why people read books in the first place and to get lost into the narrative?

      But if Brent Weeks and Herman Chaneco did a collaboration on a poster for i would definitely buy one!

  9. Justin says:

    this is just too cool. I wonder if you could make something like this for the continuance of the Night angel series? Just an afterthought

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