Over at The Art Department, Irene Gallo posts Donato Giancola’s really rather sensible proposal to make sure the artists nominated for the Best Artist Hugo in any particular year actually have original artwork that’s made its debut in that year. I’m vaguely surprised that this isn’t how it’s done already; I assumed it was.
Donato, incidentally, is up for the artist Hugo this year, and I know for a fact he’s done artwork in specified timeframe, because he did the art for the OMW hardcover. Hell, I’ve got the original artwork on my wall; I figure that was worth a spot on the nomination slate.
The only drawback I can see is that it’ll require nominators to recall the names of the books the artist’s work are covering, and that marginally increased work requirement may drop the number of people willing to do the effort to nominate. But really, if you’re too damn lazy to go over to the bookshelf and open the book cover to see the “cover art by” credit, then you probably shouldn’t be nominating at all.