I've been experimenting with cover layouts using the not-quite-final art for Bones of the Fair (the art is about 90% done, but is still in draft* - it's another of Julie Dillon's pieces).  The various textures and fancy-work are all screen grabs of stock art I won't buy until I've decided on a final version, so it's fairly low quality with fragments of watermarks all over the place.



  
Happy for any recommendations or criticisms!

*Aristide and Aspen's hair colours are currently reversed.  The third figure is Gentian, the new palace gardener.
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message 1: by Estara (last edited Feb 02, 2013 01:22PM) (new)

Estara I like the title with the constellation you chose for the boneslrg picture but combined with the frame of the Bones3 picture.

As for criticism, I think having the lower part of the cover free with a contrast colour to highlight the title and your name (don't forget to check if it scales well in small sizes for ebook and Amazon recommendation purposes) is a good idea - but I wouldn't have the other three sides bordered, instead have the art go to the edges. I have the feeling something gets cut off to the left of the uppermost person.

That scarf pattern makes me think old time Doctor Who ^^

Also the feeling is totally different from the Champion of the Rose cover, not sure if that is bad or good, though.


message 2: by Mark (new)

Mark Edwards I like the green cover but I feel your name needs to be larger, as in the bottom cover.

I agree, this cover gives a very different emotion from Champion of the Rose but if it works for this novel, go with it. Once again, great art.


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