Cover Art – An Interesting (And Exciting) Find
John Paul Pfeiffer a/k/a Harry Dresden
Some of you know that I really enjoy good cover art. Sometimes it’s an overall interesting or intriguing design, and sometimes it’s a particular model that catches my eye. For nearly two years, I’ve been Googling around trying to find the model for my favorite series, The Dresden Files, with no success. Now I’m sure there are those who have always known who it was, but I didn’t, and I couldn’t find him anywhere, under any combination of search terms. It was getting quite frustrating, and I began to think my only hope would be to write the artist, Chris McGrath, and pester him for info, thus alerting him to the possibility that a deranged cover model stalker was on the loose and possibly presenting some danger to one of his favorite models. (I say one of his favorites, because the model for The Dresden Files series is also featured on several other series that McGrath does the artwork for.) Naturally, I was somewhat reluctant to bother Chris McGrath, though I might have gotten to that point, eventually. Luckily, I no longer have to worry about being the subject of headlines reading “Florida Granny Arrested in Model Stalking Plot.” My good friend, Nicki, found the info she and I were both looking for, and voila! I now know who this model is, and can put this mystery to rest.
I present to you fashion model, cover model, and BMX racing champion John Paul Pfeiffer, aka Harry Dresden. Here are a couple of pictures of JPP with covers from The Dresden Files for comparison.
A younger JPP and a younger looking Harry Dresden.
A more “mature” John Paul Pfeiffer and a couple of Dresden images showing a bit more age, as well.
I have tracked down other cover art models (just for fun, honestly…no serious stalking in mind at all), but none that made me as happy to find as this one. John Paul Pfeiffer has been in many fashion magazines and ad campaigns over the years, and now runs his own company to help place and house models just starting out. Apparently, he doesn’t do a lot of modeling himself, any more, but I hope that won’t keep him from finishing the Dresden series. I could never imagine anyone else as Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden.
Have any of you ever discovered who is modeling for your favorite books? I found several blogs devoted entirely to romance novel models (most of whom are not my cup of tea), and I’m curious as to how many others find the subject interesting. Maybe I’m drawn to it because I’ve painted all my life and always study book covers in great detail. Or maybe I just think Harry Dresden is drop-dead gorgeous. Who knows? But does the reason really matter? Nah, of course not. So tell me honestly, now–have you ever looked at someone on a cover and wondered just who that mysterious person was. I’m dying to know!
And just for you romance fans, here are a couple of book covers in that genre that John Paul modeled for at some point in time. He looks very young, but very…er…ROMANTIC! Enjoy!