Thursday, July 19, 2018

FEATURED TITLE: THE CRADLE OF DESTINY

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ABOUT THE COVER
The journey of a book cover can be a story itself, as was the case with this cover.

I started out with several versions that I did not send to the author because I didn't like them. 

When I found a concept and colors that clicked, I sent that version to the author. Unfortunately, the graphic I used for one of the main elements of the story did not fit what was in the book!

Then came a dozen versions of me searching for something that both matched the author's vision and pleased me. Not happy with any of them. 

So I went back to the design of the initial version I sent the author. Fashioned a tailor-made Arc that pleased both me and the author, and started resizing elements on the cover and adding other elements to draw in different parts of the story. 

In addition, instead of solid black silhouettes of the two main characters on the front that we started out with, the author and I came up with some select additions of color for these--a flowing brownish-red cloak for one and the stark white hair of another. Success at last!

In the words of the author: "I love these...I am very pleased and appreciative of your efforts."

As always, I am humbled to be part of bringing an author's vision to life. And, Greg, I wish you much luck with this debut novel!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

FEATURED TITLE: FACE YOUR FEARS


Digital or print formats


A BIT ABOUT DESIGNING THE COVER:
As usual, I approach designing a book cover 
as teamwork between the author and me. 
First, the author fills out a cover art questionnaire 
that I use to draft an initial concept of the cover. 
Sometimes the first draft is close to their perfect vision, 
but more often it's a starting point and 
we revise, tweak, and sometimes start over from there.
For this cover, we started working with 
silhouettes for the main characters, 
but that just wasn't coming together. 
So I sent the author a version of the cover using photos. 
His response: "Didn’t think I’d like photos but I love Nate!!!!" 
He sent me a link to a photo to use for the other character, Jude,
and the cover came together quickly. 
Some tweaks here and here and voila!
It's final! "Let's do it!" the author said.

Monday, June 25, 2018

FEATURED TITLE: BORROWING A MOOSE HEAD FROM COLE PORTER



ABOUT THE COVER FROM THE AUTHOR:
OK It's official. The wife likes the cover so forward ever forward.
--G. Lloyd Helm

From Ms. G: 
The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the title. 
Then the blurb on the back cover intrigued me. 
And I'm rather partial to books I design covers for,
so this book is on my list to be read!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

FEATURED TITLE: STRANGE


ABOUT THE COVER FROM THE AUTHOR:
"Excellent Front Cover!!! You did a fantastic job, exactly what I wanted."
--G. L. Didaleusky

As always, it's teamwork with the author that makes a great cover!
--Genene @ Designs by Ms. G

FEATURED TITLE: HUNTER--THE SERPENT MOUNDS



While designing this cover, I discovered there really are serpent-shaped mounds, one of the most well known is a National Historic Landmark in Ohio. Check it out if you are curious to learn more!

ABOUT THE COVER FROM THE AUTHOR:
"Eureka! ...it's perfect!" 
--C. L. Hugely

Note from the designer (that's me): The quote above is after the author and I did a lot of reworking on this cover. :)
As I always say--it's teamwork that makes the perfect cover! 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

FEATURED TITLE: GOTTA HAVE FAYTH

Book #6 of the Twelve Dancing Princesses Series

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ABOUT THE COVER FROM THE AUTHOR:
"It’s beautiful. We are done. Thank you so much."
--Christine Young

Tuesday, May 22, 2018