Following on from my previous blog about using old pictures to illustrate your book, I finally came to designing the cover.
I’ve had various ideas for the cover for a while. A friend of mine is a model and I at first considered adapting a photograph of her, as follows:
I finally came up with this.
However, I wasn’t convinced by this, and felt the image was in some way cluttered. What’s more, with the illustrations inside the book now decided upon, I wanted some drawn artwork.
I went back to the Bible I had been using earlier, but the Witch of Endor was portrayed as an old hag, not the young woman in my story.
So, back to the book collection, which includes a thick, heavy volume from 1894 called “PEN DRAWING AND PEN DRAUGHTSMEN: THEIR WORK AND THEIR METHODS A STUDY OF THE ART TO-DAY WITH TECHNICAL SUGGESTIONS”.
Leafing through the images, I found this:
The figure of the woman, drawn by A Montalti, was perfect, though there was a lot of image around her to lose.
Eventually, I got to this.
Still stark, I thought.
After some experiments with colour, I came to this:
This is the one. Subtle, mysterious and eyecatching. I now have my cover!