Continuing our quest for the right cover for SAVAGE ANGELS, talented artist Holly Knevelbaard turned in a series of cover concepts.
Pulling another scene from the book, she did a concept she called “Procession”.
We liked this one a lot because it gave the reader a good idea of the characters and their personalities, even though seen at a distance.
…but we still weren’t 100% satisfied (picky, picky, picky!)
There were a few issues re costume designs, particular Sister Agnes’ wimple, which in this version looked more like a hijab than a nun’s habit.
So even though we found this design promising, we passed…
We’re closing in on the publication of Savage Angels, our new YA adventure novel. Part of the process is deciding on appropriate cover art.
There’s a couple of three or four ways to go.
Solid color, with big text…
Generic landscape photo…
…better, but still not good.
Classic pulp adventure…
I’m looking for something a little less visceral. Savage Angels is going to be a fast paced adventure story, but I want a cover with a little more artistic sensitivity, something like…this:
Fortunately, I know an artist who can work in that style: Holly Knevelbaard
I sent Holly an early draft of the novel
after I edited the dinosaurs out.*
She started churning out ideas immediately.
Here’s one of her first roughs, based on the scene where the girls’ airplane is shot down.
I passed on this one.
Mostly technical reasons — the interior is far too modern looking & does not match what a real DC-3 cabin looks like — but a crucial point is that the story takes place mostly on a desert island, not inside an airliner.
So she took another swing at it…
…which we’ll go into in a future post.
Holly will be at San Diego Comic Con this year.
Be sure to swing by the Christian Comic Arts Society table
and ask her about painting Harry Potter’s shorts.
* That’s a JOKE, people…
Sit tight, avatars are coming soon!