I’m a bit late on my blog post, but for good reason. Yesterday morning I sat popped open my email to not one but two nice surprises. Both my cover artist and another artist which I have been working with on re-creating a few key scenes from the book had messages for me. So, I put everything aside to check out the results of their efforts.
I don’t have much to say about the cover yet – that will be revealed with as much fanfare and fireworks as I can muster in the next week or two. The other artwork was commissioned to prominently display here on the site and incorporate into the design of both my Facebook and Twitter page. And as you can see, I’ve got some killer teasers for that!
This has been the most exciting part of the publishing process for me. I’ve always been curious to see how someone interprets my own artistic vision. Even though reading is a theater of the mind, there is no better way to excite someone’s imagination about a book than to provide a striking image that they can draw upon during their experience.
My artist, Johnny Morrow, sent over a rough sketch of three different layouts for a scene from the book (up top). The scene we chose to work with was with the pivotal event that sent Spencer’s life into a destructive spiral – the kidnapping of his mother by the Black Beetle. Even in rough form, I’m stoked about the possibilities. What do you think?