A little something different today. I also pull out my camera (a Canon Rebel T3i Digital SLR) upon occasion.
A four leaf clover!
My favorite roses which I take cuttings from every spring and keep on my desk
This month continues to be a busy time for me. My production schedule is full! I have four book covers, two websites and two book trailers on the schedule. I’m working with Pauline Barclay, Helen Hollick, Richard Denning, Renae Lucas-Hall, Tim Vicary and Stephanie Keyes on various projects. Recently I’ve begun contributing to Helen Hollick’s Weather Wise Blog and Deborah Cater has just joined us as well. Take a look!
Fall is definitely here now. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Halloween! It as a quiet evening for us as we do not have any trick or treaters in this area.
Two recent book covers that I completed for Knox Robinson Publishers:
Both will be published in 2012.
I am often asked about my process in designing book jackets and my initial response goes something like this: each project is unique and it ‘depends….’ A vague answer, I’m afraid. *laughs* I first ask the client about their manuscript, then make inquiries about favorite colors, other book covers that they favor and if they have any specific elements they’d like to see on the cover.
Then I begin my concepts (in Photoshop, not by hand which usually surprises folks) based on the client’s input and largely on my own gut instinct after interacting with the client. I like to work directly with the client in developing a cover design that truly speaks to them and represents the story that they are telling within the pages of their book. While my education taught me the ‘rules’ of formal graphic design, I often step outside that box and go for something more unique. Not all publishing houses allow my sort of free styling in book cover design, but I certainly push that envelope!