COVER ART FOR BOOKS.
The easiest way to explain what I do when I create Cover Art is to show you. I work only to the vaguest of briefs and resist full direction - if you want a jobbing artist, go elsewhere! What I create for my friends instead of something churned out by a sausage factory is something unique that is appropriate to and complements their own creation. Oh, and something with intrinsic "kerb appeal" to make the customer pick up their book, rather than the one next to it.
TALES FROM THE PERSEUS ARM
This was the first of my book covers.
I'm delighted with it - as are all of the various authors involved with the project.
Volumes 2 & 3 are now in the pipeline and I have been asked to create and prepare the artwork for those and subequent releases in the series.
As you can see this book cover has immense Kerb Appeal. My aim with my art is always to give the author the winning edge with the browsing customer and this cover pretty much sums up 'what I do' in a nutshell.
The Perseus imagery is being developed into a Brand and it is hoped that merchandise bearing the art work will soon be available.
This is a tale of Before and After. The image below is the cover art this book originally bore. The image to the left is the same book now bearing my art work.
Click the cover to see a super large version of it where you can really see what's going on. There is an almost 3D quality to this cover; you feel as if you could reach out and grab the globe with your bare hands. Many people have said they are surprised to discover the cover is actually flat as it looks as if the Earth is embossed.
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This is the old cover for Deadly Jewel.
is the new green
This novel has now been translated and published in Traditional Chinese and I think the chinese cover looks particularly good in its Hanzi writing.
Sam Taylor is an award winning Australian author whose work has also just been published in the international science fiction short story collection,
Tales from the Perseus Arm.
Sam is busy writing the sequel to Deadly Jewel and I will be creating the art work for his follow-up novel sometime next year.
NATIRA CHILD OF THE CLOUDS
"A story of a young woman who's a thief and a harlot. She also has mysterious powers. And it's to do with clouds. It should look vaguely Egyptian. No, not really Egyptian, more Abyssinian. Desert but no pyramids. And no nudity. Please make the statuette 'modest' with no suggestion of anything. Maybe swish some lightening over her lady bits? Yes, that's it!" Journey with Natira as she discovers her destiny in the amazing world of Abonyia.
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by JACK BYRNE
An erotic M/M vampire story of love, lust and sacrifice requires a cover as sensual and exotic as the story and, judging by the feedback, I'm pretty certain I came up with the goods!
If ultra hot, well written, M/M vampire romance is your thing then this is definitely the thing for you.
Can the loyalty of his dark brooding young Executive Office save the impetuous Captain, or will he sacrifice love for eternal damnation and lust? Read it and find out! IT'S GOOD.
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by DEBBIE PAINTER
This is a story of "timey-wimey stuff" where a woman goes back in time to early 19th Century Tennessee for 'purely personal reasons'. But of course, when you go back in time for purely personal reasons, things are bound to go wrong, right?
I tried to express that dissonance and transition from one thing to another in the way the picture passes through the spine and turns, literally, inside out.This is a world gone inexplicably wrong.
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THE EYE OF SHIVA
by SAM TAYLOR
This is the sequel to 'Deadly Jewel'.
Sam knows I like the vaguest of briefs so when he said, 'I want you to use this illustration from NASA as the base image' he hid for a week, knowing I hate being given artistic direction like God hates sin.
Purely because he is 'Pinkie' to my 'Brain' I gave Sam this one, took the image, played with it a bit, merged it with the themes, tones &images of the first cover and progressed them into a world literally blown apart. As the central characters are now living in a changed galaxy, that seemed apropos.
TALES FROM THE PERSEUS ARM - VOLUME TWO
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
PATRICIA BURN ARTIST & AUTHOR