New Cover

Hey-o! I have a brand-spanking new cover! This is the first cover that created almost entirely in Krita. I recently switched over from Fireworks and Photoshop because the versions I had weren’t compatible with my replacement computer.

big grace cover with gradient text

The font is called Prida 01, and I’m completely in love with it. I did have a bit of a time getting the gradient text together because I couldn’t find a tutorial. It took me several evenings to figure out. I’m actually thinking of putting together a short blog post about it in case someone else needs it.

Beneath Oceans of Sky is a middle-grade fantasy and is available on Amazon.

 

 

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New Drawin’ Software

Hey! I’ve been hard at work putting together next year’s business. Current projects are: yet another cover design for Beneath Oceans of Sky, the eternal audiobook project, and the series of shorts. That last one is the only thing I’m writing at the moment.

I recently switched computers. Well, I mostly switched. I still use the old one for editing audio because Windows 10 is not a friend of sound, apparently. With the switching of most tasks to the Windows 10 machine, I lost my Adobe Creative Suite, ie Photoshop, Fireworks, etc. I don’t use it enough to justify the expense, so I set out to find a free or at least low cost option.

I tried GIMP. I didn’t like it. I tried Inkscape. Didn’t like it. The interfaces were just too awkward. I am fully aware that I sound like a spoiled brat. In truth, I am both spoiled and a brat.

Then I found Krita. I can’t believe this is open-source/free software. The interface is a lot easier to learn, especially coming from Fireworks and Photoshop. There is a learning curve, though, because there are as many differences as there are similarities. I’m still getting the hang of it, but I love it so far.

Here’s a screenshot of the cover in progress and the interface.

Oceans rough

I still have a lot to do with the cover, but it is progressing nicely, and I like learning the software as I go along.

If you would like to check out my new software crush, you may find Krita at this link.

A Book Draws Nigh

A new book is coming! I should have it ready within the next 3, possibly 4, weeks. Probably 4. It’s the second Desmond Winters book.

I’m not doing a huge marketing push for the release, but I will be making the first Desmond book free wherever I’m allowed to do so. That’s the book that will get the bigger push, despite the fact that it has been out for quite some time.

I also updated the print cover for the first book to match the current ebook cover. It looks like this (below)! except for that weird dotted line border business at the top.

Ghosts cover

The next book doesn’t have a cover yet. I do plan to use the border from the wolf cover on the next cover. I thought about drawing a new, similar border, but I decided against it in the interest of both consistency and efficiency.

I’m going to go sketch now.

OMG is this all she does?

She just like redesigns her covers over and over again?

Yes.

This is the last redesign for a while. This one is for Love and the Dark. Leftie is old cover. Rightie is new cover. I might still brighten the graphics on it. They might be a smidge too dark.

another-dark-forest-cover      Love and the Dark cover

I didn’t totally despise the old cover, but the new one is more dramatic. I think this may be the first time that I did a whole cover from start to finish in Photoshop. I usually bounce back and forth between Fireworks and Photoshop.

The new design involved a lot of thinking and sketching. I knew I wanted blood, roses, and a gun. My original thought was that I would have the gun sitting in a puddle of blood with the roses above it and then petals falling from them, into the puddle. That didn’t really work out. It was probably too complex for my skill level.

Anyway, the roses are actually a photo of some roses the hubby got me for my birthday. Now they shall live FOREVER!

The print edition will be updated at some point. I thought it would be cool to put the same roses on the back  cover, only flip them so the blooms are right side up and the stems are at the bottom of the book cover, then maybe have the blood drops above blooms.

The Wolf Cover

I designed a second cover for one of my books. There were things about the first cover that I liked and some things that I didn’t. I’ll be the first to admit that I could stand to up my cover game.

Here’s the original cover.

des-ebook-cover

The book hasn’t really been selling all that well (am I supposed to admit that?), so I thought I would slap a new coat of paint on it and see if that did anything.

I wanted it to have a more adventurous cover, one that gave a taste of the danger in the book. The first cover really doesn’t do all that. The first cover really doesn’t say much of anything other than the fact that a bottle and plants are involved somehow. Not much of a draw when you get down to it.

Here’s the wolf cover.

wolf cover

As you can see, I kept the leafy bits and the fonts. I really do like the fonts. I also slimmed up the shape a tad. The other cover seemed too wide.

The cover redesign was actually pretty easy because the scene with the wolves was already in the book trailer. Here it is on YouTube in case you didn’t see it before.

 

I just snagged what I needed and mixed it in with the elements I wanted to keep on the original cover.

The new cover probably isn’t showing up on Amazon yet, but it should here within the next 24 hours or so.

Which cover do you like better?

 

 

 

Newness

But not writing newness. I redesigned the cover for Love and the Dark. Wanna see it? Of course you do! Otherwise, you probably would’ve moved on to the next cat video by now instead of continuing to read this nonsense.

So, here’s what the first cover looked like in case you didn’t see it.

dark thumbnail

Honestly, it’s not that great of a cover. It’s okay. I’ve definitely seen worse. I’ve seen much, much better. I’ve never been overly fond of it. I think that I reached the end of the book project, and I was ready to be done with it.

Despite my lack of love for this cover, I did attempt to use it for the print edition and then promptly changed my mind. As a front cover, it’s functional, but I couldn’t figure out how to handle the back cover in a way that looked halfway professional. It was bad.

So I proceeded with 4 redesigns. None of those worked. Into the recycle bin they went. Okay, not really. I kept all of them. I’m a digital hoarder. What can I say?

I settled on this one mostly for mood and color.

another dark forest cover

It isn’t live everywhere yet, but it will be soon. The print edition should be out in the next 2 -3 weeks if all goes as planned.

That’s it for now. Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cover art

Here we go! This is the cover art for Lair of the White Wyrm. My starting point for the skull was the dorsal view of an alligator skull. I’m fancypants like that. Skull shading took a while. I did it by hand on my Bamboo.


I reserve the right to make minor adjustments in the future.

If you’ve been hanging out on my blog for a while, you might have noticed that I didn’t use the original illustration I put up on the blog. I changed course, and I think this looks better and fits the book better. I put together a whole evolution of the cover art thing that will go up with other Extras on the media page for the book.