A pet peeve for a lot of us is when we see an interesting cover but it has nothing to do with the story inside.
I wanted covers that represented a scene in the book. But I’m not an artist. So what I would do is ask a friend, my goddaughter, my niece, or my goddaughter’s sister if I can take a picture of them. The picture would represent the image I wanted an artist (someone I know) to create.
For Sylvia, the second book in the Children of the Myth Machine series, I asked Sam Nichols, a budding personal trainer if I could take a picture of her with one hand on a tree trunk while she looked into the distance. Time didn’t allow us to meet up so Sam put her camera on Timer and took a picture while the wind blew her hair.
[The picture of Sam is her sole property and not for reprint in any form without her express permission.]
The agreement is Sam keeps the right to the original photo but I can us She was kind enough to let me use it so you can see the process.]e it for artwork. In the story Sylvia has birch tree pupils and rabbit ears. I drew a really rough sketch of what I wanted for my artistic friend Randy Bugdale.
[Copyright Dan Watt]
Randy used pencil crown to create the image of Sylvia. He also designed the front cover for the few books I had printed to bring to Kitchener Comic Con. The next Blog will discuss getting a model.
Tags: Cover art for book, Fantasy Fiction, Science Fiction, Self Publishing
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