A Glimpse of working with a Cover Artist
Not sure what your experience is with working with a cover artists, but this is my process. I’ve done several covers for Robertson and to say they can be challenging is an understatement. This cover is for a writer buddy of his Lilian Oake and this is what I had to go on:
Lilian Oake: Title: Bounty of the Everdark Genre: Fantasy
Concept: A jeweled crown wrapped in a dark thorny vine, or a thorny crown. Or a treasure horde covered with thorny vines. A dark themed cover. Dark Gray, Black, Dark Blue.
When I put together a concept for Robertson, they are usually very messy and rough. This is one of the prettier concepts I’ve shown him. He’s seen way worse and not flinched.
And thankfully, in Robertson fashion, he doesn’t freak out. He trusts the process and doesn’t walk away. This is to show him placement, potential colors, and get an overall broad stroke impression. and this is a piece of his feedback:
“Is there a way to wrap some of the vines around the crown. Make it look coiled?”
And we briefly discussed colors though sometimes it is best to tweak colors towards the end.
I jump around working in some texture and play with coloring the jewels.
In no time I’ve got a much cleaner version to get final approval.
This is layering texture and several colors into the image. We’ve come a long way since the first image I showed Robertson. I send him a nice large image to scrutinize. We chatted about a few final tweaks. Robertson and Oake are very laid back and so easy to work with on covers.
When Lorel, a dark elf of the Everdark, overhears a plot to kidnap a human queen for ransom, she’s determined to put a stop to the scheme before a war is begun between the races.
(A tale within the series of Jaydürian tales.)