Swapped to using Edo to match Expansion Expression's cover and the print version. I like it more.
The four books following HTSW - OFE are related to the Primordial Essences as the first four were on the primary elements. They match like this if it wasn't obvious already: Expansion of Expression - Expansion (Scorpion) The Madness of Light - Order/Light (White Spider) The Corruption of Dark - Chaos/Dark (Black Spider) Containment Collapse - Containment (Clam) The covers so far reflect that...
The Madness of Light was about the Essence of Light/Order, which takes the form of a white Spider. The Corruption of Dark is about the Essence of Dark/Chaos, which takes the form of a black Spider. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be. - Thanos Following from that, the covers are opposite and not quite equal to each other. Aye, the covers aren't complete white-black mirrors...one, because the backgrounds are deliberately different. TMOL had a yellow-ish/coppery tone to it and TCOD has a redder tone. And there's the size of the (original) spiders. I messed up the proportions on the black one, or well, I made the white one too small compared to what I wanted them to be. Looking at the two OG art pieces next to each other you can see the difference in sizes.
Book six. I'm really getting there. Before the first draft was even finished, I did the cover. I've been sitting on this post for a few months now because The Madness of Light is proving to be as complex and tricky as I knew it would. I also knew exactly what I wanted out of the cover for this work. Which was a far simpler task than actually writing the thing. Like Expansion Expression, the cover is concrete. What is being represented is a stylistic interpretation of one of the Primordial Essences. This one is the Spider of Light. A representation of order. Maybe. It's all a blur. The original artwork, before filters/text additions:
When I made my own copy of How to Stop Wildfire about two months ago, I knew I was going to make copies for the rest of the series. Starting with the next book, of course—Harmonic Waves. The cover used for the print/e-copy originally was a painted piece of paper that was supposed to look water-y. I was thinking of doing paints again for the cover for the self-bound book, but I wasn't feeling it. Then the idea came to me: use stones. Like glass-y stone pebbles. I liked the idea so I went off to the store to find something reasonable. I didn't pick up shiny, heavy stones but instead went with aquarium gravel. I picked up this huge bag of it thinking I'd do the entire cover in it. Then I realized that would probably be a bad idea. I had tacky glue, but I was really skeptical...
I bring to you what I've mocked up as the e-cover for Expansion Expression (Book Five). It's very minimalist–most of the power comes from the art. Like How to Stop Wildfire. The process of how I made this one: To start, I used water colors to give the paper a yellow-y-coppery background. Then, once it dried, I took oil pastels and sketched out the 'Scorpion' (the orange pincer). I used two different types of pastels and I smeared them all a little bit. After that settled, I made these little flicks off to the sides of it with a colored pencil and pastel. I scanned it in and did some color balance modifications with GIMP in addition to adding a Bump Map.
It is that time again--time for the cover reveal of my next book + blurb + pre-order and all that jazz. I'm lumping it all together because that's how I roll. The book in question is book four of The Adventures of the Trinity and the One is titled Of Fractured Edges. It took me awhile to get to that title. Maybe hours were spent brainstorming it. I knew it had to do with earth and I knew the color was green. Honestly, figuring out the cover was easier than the title. But then by the grace of nature did it all fall together. Literally nature. Before I explain what the art is, here again is the glorious cover for the e-version:
It's that time. When you get the appetizer to the next story, in this case Threads that Bind the Tempest. The pre-story story. The lovely and enigmatic blurb. I'll stop talking now. Here is the cover to Threads that Bind the Tempest, in all its glory. Stare at it and bask in its glory. I like it a lot.
Harmonic Waves is getting close to a release date/Pre-Order Availability. I don't know when exactly, but I'll have date real soon. In the mean-time, here is the blurb: A universe-wide conspiracy looms on the horizon, and the newly formed Trinity and the One are appointed to stop it. While the Trinity and the One are introducing themselves to the Empire, they are interrupted by the news of a bombing on Jalon. To demonstrate their worth to themselves and to the Empire, the Trinity and the One are sent to the unravel the mystery of the attack and stop whoever is responsible. The Trinity and the One are a group of supposedly divinely ordained heroes. They are King Fla’neiel, the last of Flana, Spellbinder, the universe’s only robot to be able to use magic, Cyclone, the questionably insane Jalon who is the so-called Apprentice of the Grim Reaper, and Farrco, a...
The copies of HTSW with its new cover have arrived! The Createspace print job was fantastic, timely and excellent quality. I love the colors. They look pretty sweet. I was oogling them for a good while. I love Createspace’s print work. Totally recommend them.