If you read my previous post on cover art, you’ll know that I decided to pay the professionals to design something for me, since my artistic skills are non-existent. I found some pre-made artwork that captured something of the feel I was hoping for, so I was able to pass that along to the designer as a starting point.
The beauty of custom cover art is that you can ask for whatever imagery or symbolism you want. I knew I wanted to capture the vastness of the plains – that big sky effect. I also suggested using pampas grass heads to represent the sort of grasses growing there. I asked for a fantasy-style font, and maybe some glowing letters, since that plays a part in the plot.
And from those meagre clues the designer put together the image below. I hadn’t asked for a figure, but hey, that must be Mia standing there! Although she doesn’t seem to have combed her hair today, how unlike her. I was blown away when I first saw this, because although it isn’t an entirely faithful rendition of the character or the setting, it has that indefinable quality I was looking for: it jumps out at you, it ‘pops’.
Nice work, Streetlight Graphics.