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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Not a Cover Reveal, but a Tentative Cover Art Reveal

I'm working with my cover designer David Leek on the cover for my upcoming near-future SF novel, Division. In Division, new technologies -- accelerated human cloning and brain transplants -- would make it possible for conjoined twins who could never be surgically separated to live separate lives. But only one twin wants such a life. . . .

I already got a great deal of help with image manipulation from a graphic designer friend, Michelle Hartz. She helped me turn two photographs of the same model into the conjoined twins Gordon and Johnny. David combined that image with an image of slightly separated puzzle pieces. How this art -- if I go with it -- will fit into an overall cover design remains to be seen.

(The background color is not necessarily final, and the whole image looks a bit warmer on this blog, for some reason. The outer edges of the puzzle pieces will probably be eliminated in some manner.)

So, what do y'all think -- of the art concept and the actual image? Please comment!


Danusha Goska said...

I'm not crazy about it but that's me. I think others might like it.

I don't like images that are sort of halfway between black and white and color. I prefer one or the other.

I find the puzzle pieces combined with photos to be trying too hard.

I would prefer a more allusive image.

BUT I can say that I'm sure others will like it a lot.

Michelle Hartz, Ph.Z. said...

I like the idea of the puzzle pieces, but I don't like the execution so far. I think it's where the lines of the puzzle pieces cut that's bothering me (across the face, taking a bit of hair, etc.). Maybe two pieces might look better than one. And hey, who needs elbows? (LOL!) If you go with two puzzle pieces, it might look better to cut part of Right's elbow off too.

There's something that's throwing me off with the puzzle pieces themselves. I think it's because the prongs (or whatever they're called) aren't nice and round, but that be my own OCD.

Elisabeth Zguta said...

I like the puzzle pieces - it fits the issue of the story, and the color choice is also used frequently in this genre. I think this design is a good beginning.