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Vanguard: Interview with Donato Giancola

Posted Fri, Nov 17, 2006 by LadySirse

Interview with Donato Giancola, Box artist for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

Vanguard Spheres has updated their site with an interview with the Box Artist Donato Giancola.

Q: Speaking of the cover art - When you were given the task of finishing Keith's work, you must have had a lump in your throat! What were you thinking, at that point?

First let me state how much Keith has been an enormous influence on my career: from his work on Dungeons and Dragons to the wonderful covers gracing hundreds of novels. I bought books solely based on Keith’s work, and learned to enjoy and discover the authors after the cover enticed me. His death is a tremendous loss to the genre: at this past summers’ GenCon, we had a packed room of artists and fans paying tribute to his labors and lifestyle. Thus when Donna approached me to consider the Vanguard cover, I was floored. To fill Keith’s shoes would be impossible. I loved the EverQuest images he had created and now I was asked to step in and create an image which commercially was to rival these. What a burden! Rather than trying to ‘do’ Keith’s style, I thought it better to create a work which paid homage to Keith: a celebration of those narrative qualities he brought to his work and inspired in others. I knew I had to give this piece my all, if nothing more than to find my way of saying ‘thank you’ to Keith.

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