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from a first drawing to a final cover

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This month I completed publication of the third book in my science fiction series. I published my books with CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and have loved the outcome. I also chose to use one of the CreateSpace templates for my covers, an efficient choice but one that let me easily download my own painting image for each cover.

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As a sort of retrospective, I think it is interesting to see the progression of the three covers, from drawing to painting to cover (all paintings are photography of J.D.R. Beaudoin):

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The next book in the series, Meniscus: The Village at Themble Hill, will come out in January 2018. Seems a ways away, but time to start working on the cover. This cover may change in overall design but will feature the moons in the background with poor Odymn tumbling through the trees. This is the black and white drawing I will work from.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

 

cover art for book

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In the past two months I have been working regularly on a science-fiction romance for eventual publication with Amazon. I have now completed the cover art for the book, based on my earlier black-and-white drawing.  Below are the drawing, the possible layout for the book cover, and the painting. My photograph is terrible but this will give you an idea of the eventual look of the book.

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horizon

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book-cover

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December 13, 2016 ‘parting the ferns’ Jane Tims (acrylic) 18″ x 24″

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December 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

‘within easy reach’ – a painting for the front cover

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As the release date for my book of poetry ‘within easy reach’ draws near, I have been doing some painting.

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I began my project ‘growing and gathering’ and the poems for my book ‘within easy reach’ after my husband and I discovered blackberries on our new property at the lake. For this reason, blackberries seem a fitting subject for a cover painting.

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I think blackberries are fun to paint:

  • a basic berry-shape of Payne’s Grey
  • a highlighting of each seed in the drupe with Payne’s Grey mixed with Titanium White
  • a spot of white to highlight berries on one side of the drupe
  • a background of blues and purples to simulate the shadow in the thicket
  • leaves and a stem

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This is my ‘practice painting’, in acrylics, 5″ by 10″.

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I’ll be showing you the final cover painting soon – 10″ by 10″, a perfect shape for the cover of my book.

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On a windy, wintery day, it is hard to be patient, waiting for blackberry season!!

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2016

 

Written by jane tims

March 14, 2016 at 7:00 am

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