It’s that time of year when things are festive and cold. I’m still hard at work crafting books and stories in my slightly colder than I’d like living room, but I can’t really complain. I thought about doing a year end review of the year in writing, but I feel like the compilation of all my past posts sums it up pretty nicely for me. Instead, I’m going to chat a bit about cover art. It’s something that I’ve been starting to give thought to, and I often find fielding my more outlandish ideas on this blog to be useful.
On to the whole cover art thing. I sort of set the way that the rest of the books in the series have to look when making the layout for the Dreamstate: Dark Eyes. This is all well and good because I am still quite a fan of how that jacket ended up looking. The thing is, I don’t want to get stuck in an artistic rut for the rest of the books. I want them all to be immediately recognizable as their own thing, which can be simply enough done with different colors and titles. The cover art, however, is where I tend to get a little bit stuck.
Visual art is not necessarily a magic that I am well versed in. I am much more comfortable describing a picture rather than painting it—therefore my art tends to be a bit more guesswork and asking other folk where I’ve gone astray. As I was saying, I want each book to be unique, but not stray too far from where I set things to be with the first cover. I had sort of thought at one point that I could use an artifact from each book on the cover (zeifer stone, etc.); but the further I go into the second expansion, the more I see how different the books really are. I don’t know if I want to mix up the art style or not to suit the individual book… maybe I’ll find some odd middle ground? I’m not sure, but I’ll probably have a better idea if I find some free time this week to sketch out a couple designs; we’ll see what happens.
Also, I’m not going to bother with timed posts—rather, I’m just going to sneak away into a corner and write something (probably short) on my computer.