30 March 2012

One of my favorite things about designing book covers for fantasy is manipulating photographs of humans to look like non-humans. I love making subtle changes to a portrait to give it that larger than life quality.

I thought I would share some before and after photos to show you what a difference photo manipulation can make.

Mesmerized by Julia Crane and Talia Jager

Julia actually picked out the photos for this one, which made my job super easy. We were going for a watercolor look. I envisioned a dress made out of light and smoke, and I love the way it turned out. Find out more about Julia and Talia here and here.

Smoke and Magic by Patti Larsen

Patti had her own photographer and model for this cover. Sometimes it’s hard to find models in the right position or shot at the right angle. Patti knew exactly what she wanted, and having an original photo was very helpful in bringing her idea to life. Find out more about Patti here.

The One by Heather Self
Heather’s cover is a good example of how subtle changes can really make a big difference. Slightly enlarging the eye draws your attention and makes the kaleidoscope colors of the iris stand out. Find out more about Heather here.

Water by Shauna Granger
Making this cover was a lot of fun. I basically started with the face and built everything else around it from scratch. We were going for beautiful but creepy. I’m really pleased with the final result! Find out more about Shauna here.

Remember, only one day left to enter my giveaway and win a free blog design!

19 March 2012

I have a new website and a new blog design, and I'm doing a giveaway to celebrate. I recently started offering web design and development as one of my services, and I'm still building up a body of work for my portfolio. So to gain more experience, I am giving away a free custom blog design for either WordPress or Blogger.


How to Enter
All you have to do is tweet about the contest and include a link to this website. Be sure to @mention me so that I have a record of your entry. You have until March 31 to enter, and the winner will be announced on Monday, April 2. (Note: If you have a WordPress blog, you must have your own web host to upload a custom theme.)

I will be having this giveaway several times this year, so be sure to follow me on twitter for contest announcements and updates.

15 March 2012

Do you ever wonder what happens after the last page of a book? I often find myself wanting to know more about a story than just what the author tells me.

Sometimes that information is available. Some writers offer extras, deleted scenes, and additional back story. But does the author have the right to say what... Read more at We Heart YA.


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