Of all of the e-mails and comments that come back to me, Cover Art is a favorite topic.
The old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words is germane when it comes to cover art.
In The Saga of the Starduster, I wanted to draw the reader into the book without them turning the cover page. You will no doubt notice that most cover art tries to capture your attention.
Three nude people headed into a seemingly innocuous body of water with a very interesting sky tells the reader several things.
- There is nudity involved
- This is probably not on Earth
- It looks like a serene place
- Their views on nudity are not what some might consider normal
- It is probably a science fiction.
The title “The Saga of the Starduster” of course reaffirms the Science fiction aspect of the novel.
Some fun facts of this particular cover are that I made a trip to the Tetons with the express purpose of taking some pictures that I could use for artistic purposes. Yes, I could find what I need on line, but that is someone else’s art or photography. For my covers, it needs to be 100% TWScott.
After I found the photo I wanted from within the thousands of my pictures, it was then sucked into a program for digital editing where I changed the sky, drew the girls and of course made it look science fiction like.
When writing or creating art you want to sell the sizzle and not the steak. I want to emotionally move you in some small way to want to know more about these nude people skinny dipping in some lake on some other planet.
One must take care regarding the cover art regarding what is on it. If it is too busy, people will look at it and become exasperated quickly, and move on. Simplicity is key, much like magazine ads. One should be able to look at the ad or cover and within a few seconds know what they might expect to find within the pages.
The Title is bold and easy to read.
Your brand, in this case, TWScott is easy to see and read.
A small blurb would help, and I am thinking about adding it.
“Skinny dipping on an alien planet was probably not their best idea.”
That blurb tells the reader that yes they are all nude, and swimming in a lake on an alien world and it also alludes that something unexpected is about to transpire.
Conversely, I see covers that are way too busy that confuse me.
I have said this on many different blogs, but it bears repeating.
“Know why you either like or don’t like something, and why.”
As an author, or possibly a cover art creator, or illustrator, this is terribly important.
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Much Love -TW