Irene Gallo, art director at Tor, on Chan and the cover:
I’ve been a fan of Jason Chan’s since he was still in school, although I didn’t know he was still in school at the time. I had been following his work online for a while and, yes, clearly he was a young artists but I was still shocked when he mentioned going to his graduation during our first project together. He is a quiet and thoughtful artist and over the past handful of years has worked to hone his craft, both as a freelance illustrator and video game concept artist. Jason combines a love of manga with a strong background in traditional narrative painting and I was excited to get the chance to work with him on New Spring.
When it came to scenes to depict, it seemed natural to revisit Moiriane and Lan. New Spring is their story before Rand’s begins. Jason chose to express a quiet and contemplative moment. The early spring blossoms suggest changes about to occur, yet it is still cold. It is a heavy moment. The weight of their mission is just starting to take over youthful abandon.
Recently, I’ve gushed about Jason Chan and his lovely artwork. I enjoyed his cover for Ari Marmell’s Thief’s Covenant, and this cover for the eBook edition of New Spring by Robert Jordan is another fine addition to Chan’s portfolio. On first blush, I like the soft, asian-inspired atmosphere of the piece, but it wasn’t until I got a closer look at the details (by clicking on the image), that I really started to appreciate Chan’s subtlety. Just look at the trim on Moiraine’s cloak! Maybe not my favourite cover from the series, but certainly another strong piece of art from the team at Tor Books.