(In case you're unfamiliar with everything that I'm talking about, I've tacked a few of these book covers onto the end of the post.)
Thanks for the nice compliments about my work.
I am, indeed, the artist for those covers. It was a long time ago, but nice to know some people out there have noticed them and appreciate them.
They were created through commission by Eerdmans Publishing in 1980 when I was working as a young free-lance illustrator in Southern California.
Each book was a great challenge, because, as you know, the metaphysical nature of Williams' writings leave a lot of room for interpretation and certainly, creative imagination for the artist.
I did not completely read every one of the novels, but I did read large portions of all, and all of several of them. There were key areas in each novel that seemed to summarize the overall intent and direction of each, and I tried to tap into those themes and interpret them as best as I could visually. Since there were verbal montages presented, I decided that visual montages would best suggest each work.
I posed as the central figure model for the image on Shadows of Ecstasy, and my future wife's face was the model for the image on Many Dimensions. It wasn't for ego reasons, but in those days I couldn't afford models, so I often found the cheapest models around, and that sometimes ended up being me or friends and family who would cooperate with the process. I did the same thing when I designed several US Postal Stamps as well, but changed the faces enough so they weren't likenesses of the people.
The Williams novels were a fun and challenging project, and I still take pride in those images. I felt they very adequately represented Williams' written creations.
If you'd like to see any more of Jim Lamb's work, though of a different nature, check out Jim Lamb Studio.