Since I started rewriting Aether again and will be posting the first chapter soon on Wattpad, I decided to create my first book cover.
I’ve tried in the past but my skills, while good, take up a lot of time and concentration and my people drawing skills need improving. I’m so use to running on low focus power and multitasking. I can’t do that with drawing. I’m finding that sitting down and working on this book cover though is helping my focus so far.
I noticed that Wattpad had free book covers, however I really just wanted to make my own. Go with something that fits my style more.
So that’s when I started this…
This is only a fraction of the actual picture. I didn’t want to create something this complex but I really wanted a space scene. Something that looks like it’s from an older book. That’s more of my style. I want to bring back the old ways of story telling when an adventure didn’t require getting turning into a vampire or finding out your a wizard.
Don’t get me wrong, Harry Potter and Twilight are two great highlights of my era! But I feel like the story telling style has changed since these two books.
I’m looking back to J. R. R. Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings style mostly. I’m currently working on trying to find some books at the library so that I can get a better understanding on why that story is so popular.
But at the same time, I don’t want to create a 100% fantasy story with unicorns, elves, and trolls. Well maybe the unicorns but my style is more Supernatural Science fiction with a hint of tragedy. I would love to add horror but that’s a new genera of writing for me.
When I started drawing this new picture, dot by dot by dot, it honestly reminded me of some books I have. I think it was the set with ‘The wind in the door” and “A wrinkle in time”. The book was called “A Swiftly Tilting planet“. I linked the image i’m thinking off to that book title. While I’ll probably not going to go that complex, its nice to have that inspiration.
I anticipate that this is gonna take me all summer. Even then, i’ll have to add something else to the cover. What do you guys think I should add to it when I get my colorful space scene dotted? I do have this weird two headed phoenix in the story, but she/they are not as centered in this book as they are in the following books. Maybe a picture of the earth? I could do that maybe or something else that feels supernatural and sci fi like? Even the title is connected to one specific character, so maybe something centered around this character?
Either way, it looks like i’ll be working on my art skills this summer. Especially the digital side of it. What i’m using now is a Windows 10 app called “Fresh Paint” to do some digital painting. I’m using ink for the dots since I like the way they look more then painted dots. The colorful parts of it were painted and I used a rough texture canvas which really did help to get that star feel to the different colors.
So i’ll leave you guys to it.
I’ll be uploading the new page tonight. WordPress is giving me some trouble so the Linear Algebra page is coming tonight, very late on my Eastern time. It will be ready for you guys to view tomorrow that way.