This is where my last four days have gone, in addition to some finalizing touch-ups on the manuscript.
My original plan was to spend 1 day on illustration, and 1 day on smoothing out the rough bits, as well as on Typography. They say you should double what you expect to spend on a given task, and that was pretty true for this cover.
But I’m happy with how it turned out. Naturally, me being me, I can’t help but think of ways it could be “better”. However, it’s a marked improvement over my last cover, which was an improvement over the one before that, and the one before that. So I can’t complain.
My biggest struggle was trying to get Book 3 to match stylistically with Books 1 & 2. Alas, as the subject is more zoomed out, that makes it hard to really execute. I could have managed with pale clothes (instead of dark clothes) on the subject in order to make white the dominant color, however, I needed the dark to provide contrast for the spell in hand. This was the least distracting design I could envision, which means compromising on series style. I doubt too many people will mind, though.
I’ll admit it: The hands are not figments of imagination. They’re actually my hands which have been stylized in Photoshop. I wanted the pose, and hands are really difficult to just up and paint correctly. So I wore gloves, rings, and staged a date with the self-timer of my camera. It also worked amazingly well for getting the face shape and size correct–I wanted to make the face smaller than it actually needed to be.
If you do a comparison, some of the typography is different from the previous 2 covers, too. I educated myself a bit more on the art and realized my typefaces used two different slants for the o’s. The title has a steep slant, the author name/series info has an upright flow. This is visually confusing. So I made the author name/series info italicized to faux slant it. It’s not perfect, but it’s better.
Also–a quick update re:Writing Projects.
- Lost Magic will be out ASAP, preferably on New Year’s.
- Blissed Episodes 8, 9, and 10 will resume their usual postings once Lost Magic is out. I got behind with Christmas, last-minute projects, and everything related to Lost Magic. Sorry, guys, I failed to fiercely defend writing time. 😦
- That’s all.
Back to bunny-bopping the final typo’s now.
Your Dearest Nicolette