Re: Con #1 - the covers sucked
- As it happens, in the actual original cover paintings, the Baroness is a brunette, and her eyes are green. Only in one (Hard-core Murder) does her hair look more red-head than brunette in the original painting. (Not black hair, in any event.)
Given the actual physical amount of paint used on the eyes, of course it's also really difficult to tell blue from green. The cover paintings are very large (usually at least 18" wide, and three at least 30" tall), but even at that scale, the painted eyes are still physically small. You have to look very carefully to be sure.
The reason these colors may not come across clearly on printed covers is that color control by publishers in the 60s and 70s really wasn't very good. Often, a printed cover had distinctly different hues than the original painting. I own a number of vintage cover paintings from this time period, and the painting is almost always much better in person.
--- In TheBaroness@yahoogroups.com, "jreynolds88" <jreynolds88@...> wrote:
> --- In TheBaroness@yahoogroups.com, "ppsantos" <ppsantos@> wrote:
> > Come on, the Baroness covers were drawn 35 yrs ago! The Baroness covers were drawn by the illustrious Hector Garrido no less! Can't compare covers from different millenia!
> Fair enough, but you'd think he could have at least gotten her coloring right. Where are the enormous jade eyes and raven mane? The figure there is a blue-eyed redhead. The covers must have been commissioned based on the initial plot outlines rather than the actual manuscripts. Maybe Kenyon pictured her as a redhead initially, then decided that brunettes looked more dangerous. He then kept Fiona as a redhead, Inga as a blonde, and Yvette as the token black chick just to cover all preferences.