Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cover Art: Guest Post by Jess C. Scott!

Cover Art for “The Other Side of Life”

About the Book:
A thieving duo’s world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a mega-corporation.

My upcoming publication is an urban fantasy project titled, The Other Side of Life [Book #1 in the (Cyberpunk) Elven Trilogy]. I’m kind of a solo powerhouse type of indie author—I do all the work myself (writing, editing, formatting/publishing, designing/illustrating book covers, and marketing).

I completed the first draft of the novel in March 2010. I started thinking about the cover art in June/July 2010. What I had in mind at first was a fusion of medieval and contemporary styles. It was ambitious, but I thought I’d give it a shot, since the novel does blend urban fantasy, and cyberpunk elements (which are set in the near future).
I started looking for some medieval parchments first, as it’s a component of the plot (there’s a search for the missing piece of an ancient poem). I fiddled around with some of the images on Photoshop, but didn’t really “feel” like they captured the story (despite the beauty of the medieval artwork). I found some images of stained glass in churches—that didn’t exactly work out either.
The above sketch was done some time in the middle of 2010. It’s actually based off a popstar (note the headphones around the lower neck!). I scanned it in, and was playing around with some of the gradients and contrast, when I suddenly figured that the dude could pass off as “Nin,” the Elven rogue/protagonist in the novel. The hairstyle and features were about right.
More importantly, I felt that the blend of urban fantasy and cyberpunk elements would connect with the stark simplicity of the cover design. The slightly manga-esque (Japanese comics) style of the hand-drawn (and digitized) image kind of matches up with the feel and tone of the story too. It evokes a sense of something that's a little old school, yet contemporary; something that's simple, yet intriguing.
So in this case, I guess I kind of figured out what I wanted the cover to express, only after it was created. Nothing new; I'm used to chaotic order.
About Jess Scott:
Jess identifies herself as an author/artist/non-conformist. Her literary work has appeared in a diverse range of publications, such as Word Riot, ITCH Magazine, and The Battered Suitcase. She is currently working on a YA “seven deadly sins” series, as well as The Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy.

P.S. Jess is offering a free PDF copy of the novel to early reviewers (open to readers worldwide)! More details @ Elvin Trilogy 

Website: www.jesscscott.com
Book Site: http://www.elventrilogy.wordpress.com/

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