Monday, August 26, 2013

Great book cover designs for The Sunwright Chronicles

Over the past year, I was blessed with the opportunity to create the covers for a new series of books. The local writer is a gifted fantasy writer and has already published one of the many books in this great series, into the e-book world: The Sunwright Chronicles, Lifting the Veil of Tyranny.

After its first release, as many new artist do, we start to rethink what we created and want to perfect it. The book was good but once he started to write the second and third books, he realized the cover was too generic and the book could use a little more work. So the book was edited and I was called upon to consult on his vision.

We brainstormed for a few hours and worked out elements we felt would work throughout multiple book covers. Visuals that might stand out or fade out through each cover; black and white or color images, and even the layout of the title and text styles. We wanted the covers to work both with the many online thumbnails and still work beautifully once printed into the hardback format.

As you can see we decided that the black and white style with pops of color should do the trick, not to just grab attention on the screen but to go with the feel of the story line.

The second book is in the final editing stages with a new publisher who will hopefully take the local writer to new heights and great success; with the second book cover already created and approved. Again black and white, a similar character and pops of color to grab your attention. I can't wait to start the creation of the third and fourth books with my creative juices challenged to create new pieces of art.

While this second book is being completed, follow the local writer Kevin Villegas around with his other great love - gaming:
Twitch TV with Kevm30. And if you have a love for fiction fantasy stories, keep your eyes out for these two books to surface within the near future.

I hope the book covers inspire you to challenge your creative juices and create any piece of artwork; whether on a wall for a baby's room, the front of a spiral notebook or a wonderful page in a scrapbook. For creative moments don't have to be on a computer, they don't have to be done with a mouse. Use your imagination and anythiny, or everything, you have in your house; there is no limit to your creative vision.

Thanks for reading, hope to have more creative moments to share with you soon!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Patches at their basics.......

As I promised, here are some of the things I have created over the past five months. 

One of the cool things I was able to design this summer was "participation" patches for a local girl scout service unit and the Hollister Downtown Association's lights on celebration.

The first patch, was a sequel to the Fall clean up patch I designed back in November. So though cute and bright it was a simple design. And what I love about designing patches is that you have to create the design by keeping the print/creation process for these patches in the for front of your mind. They stitch these patches, and so the lines have to be simple, and the shapes clean, or in what we call "vector" format. It's back to basic geometric shapes. No shading, no exaggerated depth, you have to create the appearance of two or even three dimension with layers and layers of simple shapes. For example, to get the feel of say a rose, you'd create it by placing circles semi behind circles, in an off center pattern.


Now these patches are very simple and with the right pieces layered in just the right places there is at least a feel of two dimension. I hope they love it and it gives them something cute to look at to help the girls remember this event that they participated in; while keeping the cost of these patches to a reasonable price for the service unit, leaders and parents.

Another great patch I was able to create this summer was for our HDA: Hollister Downtown Association. They organize the annual "Lights on Celebrations"  here in Hollister, CA. This year they were bringing together a program/event for the Girl and Boy scouts of America to participate in. When they accomplish a number of good deeds from a select list, they'll earn this really cool patch.

It's still in progress but here is what direction we started in. Again we kept to simple lines and basic shapes to give the feel of dimension for such a normally textured item (the badge). By using circles and rectangles we could help separate out sections of the badge that we wanted to give a little more attention to. I hope that with a few more tweaks this becomes a annual patch to be used for years to come.



Well that is it for the patch designs this summer. Next post I hope to share my e-book cover art, that I was asked to create for a gifted local writer. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Missing the shared moments of creativity

Hello followers and new comers, it's been awhile.

I feel so bad that I haven't written in months. Being an at home mom has taken up more of my time then I ever thought. My littlest one never seems to like it when I'm on the computer and my oldest is getting busier and busier with each passing year.

But fear not, that doesn't mean I haven't done anything creative. I've designed patches for our local girl scout service unit and downtown association events. I've helped a small business or two regroup their logo and designed a ebook cover or two since I last wrote. I've even created cafe curtains, painted artsy shelves and started a small two foot by two foot quilt.

I just haven't had the time to write about it as I would like. For writing is not my best talent as I've mentioned earlier in my blog
adventures, so when I write I want it to be insightful, colorful and well laid out in a way that is as creative as I strive to be.

With that being said, I hope you haven't completely given up on me and continue to see what I have to say and share. Though it's not the beginning of a new calendar year, it is the beginning of a new school year and with that, I hope a lot of new improvements and achievements for this creative mother of two.

With many creative moments to share
Jolene


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