06/11/13

Cover Reveals: Scourge and Scourge: Nostrum

Hey there,

So, big news on the artistic side of things. 47North has given me two birthday presents on this fine June 11. They finalized the cover for The Scourge:Nostrum (Book 2 of The Scourge), and they have re-released The Scourge (book 1) with a brand new cover. Can I just say that 47North is the best publisher in the world? Yes I can! And I will! They worked with me tirelessly on the Nostrum cover, accepting suggestions and re-designing over and over again until we reached something that both the publisher and I liked. Big thanks to my editor, David Pomerico, for his tireless work on this.

First up, The Scourge: Nostrum (release date June 18):

This cover clearly shows what the book is about. The knight in the foreground is, ostensibly, Edward. Nice dynamic pose with suitably battered and weathered armor. Flailing hands in the background indicate to the viewer that this is not a typical historical fiction. Blood-spattered environment tells readers that this might have some gore and violence. The helmet on the knight is not a greathelm, but I think we can live with it. I can, at any rate =)

 

 

 

 

The Scourge (book 1) underwent a facelift as well. Those of you with the print version might notice that the background image for this is basically the same artwork from the back cover. Although I truly love the first cover, and prefer it artistically to this one, this design has a certain elegance and mood that I like. The cover also clearly depicts what the book is about: Three knights on a journey, with supernatural enemies standing between them and their destination. I think this will more clearly define the book for shoppers and steer the novel into the hands of the people who will love it most.

Big thanks to everyone at 47North!

 

 

 

 

 

05/24/13

The Beast of Maug Maurai: Book II – Cover Reveal

Hi everyone,

The cover for book II of THE BEAST OF MAUG MAURAI (book title: Feeding the Gods) is ready!  It’s similar to the cover for the first book, but more so. I’m all gushy over this one. It took ages to get the helmet to look right, but I think I got it to where it needs to be. What do you think? I know the shield in the first book cover was all rusted and rotting and stuff, and I had initially planned to do the same with this helmet. But while I was working I had this vision of the helmet reflecting the forest, and sort of shining brightly. So deal with it. ;)

<TECHNICAL STUFF>For those of you into graphic design, the helmet was a TurboSquid purchase. I could have made one, but it would have taken me a long time and probably wouldn’t have come out as good as this one. I brought the .obj model into Maya and mapped the forest to an environment texture in the Reflection Color attribute. It took me about two hours of fiddling with the lights and the texture settings to get it to look right. The glow in the visor is a point light with glow effects, enhanced in Photoshop with several layers of paint with outer glows.I used a Lens Blur on the forest to make it fade into the background a bit, something I probably should have done on the first cover.</TECHNICAL STUFF>

I’m really looking for feedback on this, so please let me know your thoughts. Mercy buckets.

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