“Star Wars – The Ralph McQuarrie Series” by John Williams

Looking through this site’s past few months, I felt like like there’ve been enough Star Wars posts already. But my Skandinavian pal tintacle proved me wrong by making one of the most remarkable custom covers series I’ve seen in recent times. His collection is a striking demonstration of how Ralph McQuarrie was not simply a production illustrator on Star Wars. He was more of a translator of George Lucas’ phantasies, bringing a whole galaxy far, far away to life. When looking at one of his drawings, it is as if you’re looking at a history book. They’re full of depth and lore and…

“Complete Songs & Poems” by The Tolkien Ensemble

In April of last year I was contemplating the future of HQCovers. I’ve stated some ideas about redesigning and restructuring this blog. Or the possibility of offering custom covers beside my professional passion for soundtracks and scores. However my most wanted addition would be guest entries. I’ve come to know a lot of talented people over the past years, who deserve to be spotlighted. And it’s my pleasure to take a backseat for once and leave the stage for one of my favourite artists. He’s a fellow Austrian, he goes by the name rotane and he’s an absolute whiz with font design.   When heidl asked me to appear as…

“Pirate’s Passage” by Andrew Lockington

Creating custom covers is not only for providing alternative artwork for digital media files or CDs. It’s also a form of ovation. It’s appreciation of music, art and overall beautiful imagery in every detail. A very passionate adventure. And I’ve recently read a story that perfectly captured that essence. A personal experience report of how daunting, challenging, and ultimately rewarding the making of a custom cover can become. The following custom cover and its origin story is by Final Fantasy Shrine Forums member “GlassButterflies“. And it really made me ponder over all the energy and commitment so many artists are putting into their works, without…