I was largely influenced to start drawing because of how much I loved the illustrated covers, but recently I've noticed a large trend, especially in the YA section, for cover illustrations to be badly photoshopped stock images featuring mildly attractive models with most of the focus on the faces.
It really disappoints me to see this because a) I think most of them are hideous and b) there are so many talented artists out there who need work and could do a fantastic job of it but aren't being given the chance.
I guess it is probably cheaper for the publishing company to hire someone to photoshop something in a couple hours rather than pay someone with actual talent to do a good job, but I can't imagine how it would possibly help their book sales.
whats worse though, IMO, is when a book has a perfectly lovely cover and then then gets reprinted with a photoshopped one.
am I the only one who gets ridiculously annoyed by these things? just wondering lol