Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

May 12, 2009

Lost in the Sky Cover Art

Filed under: Books — douglaslperry @ 11:04 pm
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Lately I have been asked where I got the cover art for my latest novel. It all started with Twitter. I am a fairly active Twitter user (thenextwriter) and picked up a number of twitter followers who were also writers or artists. There was one particular artist who’s style I particularly liked.

Her images were mostly female characters in fantasy settings, but I liked her use of texture and color. When I saw her work I could picture an oil painting depicting one of the climactic scenes in the novel. So I asked her if she would be interested.

She was more than interested, she was ecstatic. The fact that someone actually wanted her to paint something for money was a dream.

I sent her a Twitter direct message and we exchanged emails. I wrote her a message explaining the scene I pictured in great detail. After a few iterations, she presented me with something that I liked a lot. That is the image that appears on the front cover of the novel.

The scene shows an airliner a hundred feet or so over a choppy sea, with the moon reflecting off and shining through the spray. The scene depicts a key conflict in the book and I think the image captures the mood I wanted precisely.

We initially talked about her doing a painting, but she decided that it would be quicker and easier to use Photoshop. I think the results speak for themselves and I am happy that we hooked up. 

The artist’s name is Christine Taylor (twitter.com/mousewords) and her artwork can be viewed here.

I highly recommend her work.

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4 Comments »

  1. Definitely a wonderful looking piece of art, I know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but judging from what I can see it already looks pretty good!

    Comment by theoates — May 13, 2009 @ 12:19 am

  2. Thank you for the wonderfully kind words! 🙂 The cover was a blast to do; but credit goes to you for creating that cool scenario! 😉

    Comment by mousewords — May 13, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  3. Thanks Doug. I like knowing the story behind the art.

    Comment by Dave — May 31, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

  4. The gal that did the artwork is a real sweetheart. I follow her on Twitter and she’s a joy.

    Comment by douglaslperry — May 31, 2009 @ 5:14 pm


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