Monday, 23 December 2013

Holidays and Such



Hey all,

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.

-Trevor

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