Today’s post is going to be less about writing and more about the cover art that I’m working on for From Ash, the novella that I’ve mentioned in the last few posts. I’ll link both copies of what I have so far, and maybe someone will post an opinion. I know the blogger platform can be kind of a pain with the whole commenting thing, so if it doesn’t work, send me an email at Trevor.firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what you think.
Right, so, this is the first one that I’ve been working on:
Also, the red text in this picture and the next are just placeholders—I’ll do… something with those later. All of the pictures and fonts that I’m using are public domain, so I can mess with, mutilate, and move them around as much as I please. As a slight side-note, Wikimedia commons is an amazing resource for public domain images that don’t come with stupid watermarks attached. Anyways, the background comes from the cropped out corner of a relatively famous (from what I gather) old photograph of a wagon crossing a desert in possibly Nevada. The rest of the text was a hiragana font that had really solid, simple lines—I played with the edges and slipped an image of a forest fire in behind.
I was having issues earlier getting the title text to look like it was burning through the image (original idea) without it fading into the background. It’s a lot harder than you’d think to have soft edges on fonts and have it still pop; especially if there’s an image behind it.
I’m sure there are going to be a few artistic minded people that look at what I did and cringe, especially after reading my very much rambly description. These are early versions of what I’ll end up with, and once again, if you hate it, email and tell me why.
The second cover that I was playing with is a lot more simple:
I came up with this idea by complete accident while I was messing with the title text marquee on the first cover. I’d set up the fire text behind a white background and was playing with different feathering sizes when I thought “hey, that looks kinda okay.” I really like the way that the title text looks against the white. Once again, I have no idea what I’m going to do with the red placeholder text, but I’ll figure it out eventually.
The first cover, for me, really captures that ash desert wasteland vibe, but the second isn’t terrible either, and I think it’s easier to read. I don’t know what I want to do in the end, but hey, that’s part of the creative process, right?