1) CONCEPT (LINK) : Goal & required elements
2) COVER ARTIST (LINK) : Finding a designer
3) COVER DESIGN(YOU ARE HERE): Evolution of compositions to arrive at the final cover
This wraps up a series of posts discussing the design of the Helen's Daimones cover. Part One covered the design concepts, Part Two revealed details about connecting with Daniel Landerman, and this last post will be the meatiest of all since it will show the progression from sketch to final illustration. All sketches are copyright Landerman 2016.
First, Daniel took several storyboards and design concepts (akin to those shred in the first post) and provided several compositions. I chose "D" since showed Helen's face while keeping her vulnerable...and having the sword away from Lysis made it easier to visualize.
|Deciding on poses|
|Composition D selected, Details Added|
|Planning the Lighting|
Lastly, Landerman colorized the work. He was inspired by iridescent beetle carcasses for the armor.To match the magic in the book, the dolls and wasp needed to be blue-ish, and Lysis needed to be variegated (and distinguished from the blue aura).
|Final with added dolls, wasp, and proper eye colors|
The details are amazing!
So the journey was complete. The covers represent Lysis's and Helen's progression accurately and reinforce the characterization in Dyscrasia Fiction. Book four is in the works...and the principles discussed here will continue to drive the design.
|Character Progression & Story Arcs in Illustration|
Book Covers of Dyscrasia Fiction