I have had the pleasure of working with a number of highly-talented artists for book covers. Planning the cover art with them is one of my favorite parts of putting out novels, so I’ve added this page to showcase them and their work.
If you like their stuff, I hope you’ll join me in supporting them. They all have work for sale, of course, but if you’re not in the market for a print maybe you could join their mailing lists, do social media with them, or even just drop them a note to let them know you think what they’re doing is cool.
It might not sound like much but putting out creative work every day is hard. A word or two here and there can be a great boost.
Rich and I worked together on the cover art for Dangerous Dan. We went to college together many years ago and I’ve admired his work for a long time, particularly when he began to realize that there is a statement to be made about American over-consumption. Since that is something Dan faces in the novel, it was a perfect fit. I love everything about the figure on the cover of the book here, plus the old school circuit board background.
It’s not a conventional mystery/thriller cover which has probably hurt my sales, but as a piece of art it’s undeniable.
I did the typography myself here to save some money. That’s the League Gothic typeface. I’m a fan and the license for it is pretty open so I have been known to use it a lot.
I have worked as a graphic designer myself, but when I look at Bear’s work I often think, “Man, I’m not even 3/4 that good.” Rather than study how to be a graphic designer, I’m concentrating on the writing work and roping Bear in to do his thing whenever there’s a budget.
He provided the cover art and typography for the 10 Thousand Gods series, in addition to heaps of other projects.
Again, I had not properly studied what a typical urban fantasy book’s cover should look like at this point, which is why this cover stands out. That has probably hurt sales. But again, I think the image fits the work, if not the genre. I love it.
I got hip to Jert’s work at a showing of his work that also happened to be at one of my favorite Atlanta pubs: Diesel. When I was living in that area of town I hung out there a lot. My wife and I went on our first date there. The owner and his wife are super cool.
Anyway, when I was working on Santa vs. Krampus I knew I needed a cover that would convey to people that this book is meant to be a little bit quirkier than your usual fantasy book. I wanted something that had a line drawing cartoon feel to it, but I didn’t want something that looked like it was made for kids.
When I saw Jert’s stuff I knew I had my guy. He has done 5 pieces for me now and every one of them has been an utter delight.
The typography and composition are by me here. That’s Futura for the typeface and a little gradient mesh behind the main image to set it off. I might also have Olan Mills-ed the corners with the burn tool as well.