Yippee! Cezanne’s Ghost goes to my editor this weekend, giving me time to tweak the cover with my cover artist. You have to understand I’m still uneasy at directing an artist about how to design a GREAT cover. Matter of fact, you might want to read the following article about how fabulous cover-art is ‘developed’ in this article by E.Ayers…
Whoa! Give me a Z; give me an I! All these ideas are new to me…I’m still learning about how to judge a good cover, beyond “It’s balanced, the colors are fine…I like it!”
Last month I told you about my marvelous experience with another creator, a sketch artist (which happens to be the skill of my hero in Cézanne’s Ghost). Here’s what I said:
“Jeff Haines, is the artist I contacted because I wanted to put one of his sketches on the cover of Cézanne’s Ghost. When we first talked on e-mail, he said he hadn’t worked with a novelist who wanted cover art before. Basically, he does custom drawings. The price he gave me was impossible for me to pay, so I passed on the picture. But I liked the picture so much, I decided to contact him and negotiate. I explained to him how I would use the picture and the most money I’d ever make on the book. He said he liked the artist-to-artist relationship and gave me I price I could pay.”
I promised I’d show you the sketch before I put it on my cover. Here it is. Her name is Aline, which was the name of Cézanne’s granddaughter. I hope to show you the full cover very soon. Since the manuscript goes to my editor this weekend, I get one day of celebration before I’ll start working on another novel I hope to release this year.
So here’s Aline:
What's your favorite cover of all the books you've published? Can you pick one? Is it composed in an "I" or "Z" way?
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