Cover image for new science fiction novel

June 4, 2015

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When my brother first said he was writing a science fiction novel, he started off with “I already have the perfect idea for the cover!”

And so he described this detailed image of a hurricane eye, through which you can see a peaceful, sunny town, seemly unaffected by the chaos surrounding it. He then followed up with: “I just need to find someone to draw it”.

Not having much experience in either Photoshop painting or fantasy-type art, I asked for the job anyway since I wanted the challenge of trying something new. After providing me with a few pieces of reference material (images of hurricane clouds, picturesque towns in the countryside, and so forth), along with a general sketch, I got to work.

I must say that having very clear directions on the subject matter was a big help in getting the composition together. Some of the challenge of creating a book cover image is in answering the questions: 1) Which scene out of the whole book captures the essence of the story? and 2) Is it intriguing enough to make you want to learn more?

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The first image I created contained all the must-have features including the storm eye, the town, the fields, and the mountains. But after showing it to my brother he said he needed a scarier, more serious storm. So I darkened the sky and the clouds and also added lightening:

New Image

At this point, the title of the book hasn’t been finalized, but below is my rendering of how the final piece could look:

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Stay tuned for more! I know I am personally looking forward to reading this novel once it comes out.

Laura Soule

Published June 4, 2015