The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

It’s more generic than many of the other covers, and doesn’t scream Wheel of Time like some of the others, but still a nice piece of artwork. It’s strange seeing a creature on the cover, given Wheel of Time‘s proclivity towards conflict between humans (or at least humanoids). That said, I’m unfamiliar with the scene in the novel, so it could be an obvious choice to those who’ve read The Gathering Storm.

One thing that always impresses me about Lockwood, and isn’t immediately apparent when looking at his art, is that he’s a digital painter. Unlike many who work in the medium, Lockwood’s art looks like it’s hand painted and avoids that uncanny valley that artists like Jon Sullivan fall into. His use of colour, as always, is wonderful. There’s a great video showing Lockwood’s progression as he works through the painting for The Gathering Storm:

Another nice cover, if not the best in the series.

  • Joe Sherry September 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

    My first thought was: “there were dragons in the Wheel of Time? Since when?”

    On reflection, I think it’s part of the battle at Tar Valon and those are…well…I don’t want to be too spoilery if ya haven’t read it.

  • Rob B September 8, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Some of Lockwood’s strongest work is when he depicts dragons. Though I’ve only read up to Winter’s Heart, no dragons exist in Randland as far as I know. However, it could be something like a dragkhar.

  • Rob B September 8, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I knew there were winged mounts in Randland…er rather Seanchan, the creature on the cover is a To’Raken, and were hinted/glimpsed early in the series.

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  • Joe Sherry September 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    That’s what I’m going with.

  • Josiah Cadicamo September 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I don’t know, i kinda like this as one of the best covers put out.

    Tell you the truth these covers they’ve been putting out are just amazing, and i like every one of them a lot. I’m just a sucker for the feel of lockewoods art.

  • Will A October 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Without saying so much as to give a spoiler… This cover perfectly captures the moment of the greatest payoff for waiting on character development I have ever read in any book or series.