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Photographing and Compositing Models (part 3)

Successful novels quite often have sequels. Since I had so many great shots with my model, I couldn’t resist. The composite is a mix of photo realistic and mosaic art. When I do covers I quite often do the full jacket just in case the author decides to go to print. I’ve found it’s worth it in the long run, and authors usually appreciate seeing the potential of going that route.

Photographing and compositing models

  This July the Fort Collins Digital Camera Club had its annual portraiture shoot. I’m not a portrait photographer, nor do I have the equipment, but I have a good friend in the club that shares his setup, which helps. While he’s shooting with a D810 Nikon, I’m still shooting with a D200, so there’s no way I can compete in quality of images. Still, the D200 is plenty good enough for the Internet. Above is a Vogue mockup, just […]

Spirit Gate

Here is a case where the author paid good money for a shot of the milky way and was adamant about using it. I prefer my own renditions of the sky, but that’s because I create space art. The foreground image was one of mine. The overall effect is stunning, however I wasn’t fond of the title font, but these aren’t always a choice the designer gets to make.

Hypocrites In His Midst

Because of subject matter, you don’t just automatically get permission to use a product. Manufacturers weigh the consequences. So it was with finding a revolver for the front cover of Donnell Wilson’s Hypocrites In His Midst. The solution, make your own make and model. Is it any wonder that authors that think they might be sued opt for solutions where no one can point a finger. The more you are aware of copyright and liability, the more you see big […]

Robert C. Mowry Series

Sometime you’re lucky enough to do a series. In such cases you already have established a look and a theme, and more often than not, even fonts stay the same. In this series I got to spend my time on artwork, which is always my favorite part. Maybe one of these days I’ll be adding more.

I Walter

Some designs are more of a challenge than you can ever anticipate. I Walter was just my first with author Mike Hartner, who had visions I think of Hollywood productions. Book covers don’t have access to set designs and actors and actresses, or multi-million dollar budgets. But still you do what you can do, and often with a little compromising a compelling cover comes out of the process. Not so with several other attempts on subsequent novels, although Mike was […]

Run for the Money

Sometimes you just have to be crafty. There are so many titles that authors get lost in the melee. A good cover design can make a difference. Of course as I’ve learned, that’s only the beginning when it comes to marketing, and ultimately, marketing is often more important than content. This composite for Jon Gregory was fun because his vision required some ingenuity so as not to go over budget on artwork. Using the tools in Photoshop made a difficult […]

The Monticello Project

Sometimes an image is supplied by the author. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do with the image. In this case it seemed that turning the image into a a work of art somehow made it more compelling. The Monticello Project was one of those covers that went together like a snap. The colors, the fonts, and the feel seemed to fit the story right off.

Michael Atman, My Spock Persona

I put my faith in reason, logic and truth before Spock became my hero. As a Trekkie I take an agnostic view of religion, but I fall short of the collectivist views of Gene Roddenberry. What works on a starship doesn’t necessarily work in society. I am also a fan of Michael Crichton and Carl Sagan, who were brave enough to express controversial views in their fiction. I have an idealistic view of the future while remaining realistic about human […]

eBook Covers (part 9)

I always love pictures of nebula. There we see some of the most beautiful images of space. There are several techniques I use to get the colors and patterns, but most come from pictures of smoke taken on a pure black background. With a dozen or so images, ranging through the spectrum from deep reds to light blues, and everything in-between, I simply move layers around, creating patterns of color, and adjusting opacity to get the effects I desire. Once […]

eBook Covers (part 4)

I’m always reluctant to add too much, too soon, but when you’re in the middle of projects, it’s best to just get done. So, more to share. Solar Dimming is one of those composites that worked way better than expected. The Photo Art was created from mountains in Nevada, a frozen lake in colorado, and a planet created from a loaf of bread. The distant sun is just a spot of light on the horizon, not a picture of our […]