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Revealing Exciting New Cover Art!

After four days of intensive work, I now have new cover art for the first Astronomicon novel. The book rewrite has gone well, creating a novel which is substantially different and much improved from the original. A new front cover seemed like a good way to draw a clear distinction between this novel and the original.

That was enough of a reason on its own, but as the novel has a new name (Inception Point) and the design of the Elysian spacecraft featured on the existing cover art has completely changed, the existing artwork is also completely obsolete. I created a 3D model of the Elysian vessel over a year ago but it was only ever supposed to be a diagram to help me write the novel. Several attempts to improve it enough to work for illustrations did not produce good results, so my only other option was to rebuild it from scratch.

This time, with rendering in mind, I built it again with considerably more detail and appropriate lighting. It was a huge amount of work, but I think the results are more than worth it.

3D photorealistic render of Elysian space craft cover art.

Of course, the big advantage of creating a 3D model is that I can produce shots of it from any angle, at any distance and infinitely vary the lighting. For example, producing a rear-view shot like this took less than forty minutes:

3D photorealistic rear view of Elysian spacecraft cover art(Sorry, I forgot to change the background before rendering that one!)

I am so pleased with the results of this exercise, that I will definitely give it a go for more of the Astronomicon novels. Building the ship models at this level of finish, and matching detail, is certainly time-consuming, but just look at the results! It’s the best cover art I’ve ever created myself. I just hope it helps my sales on Amazon.


Cover reveal for Behemoth

With only a day or two to go before the big launch, I have decided to reveal the front cover art for Astronomicon: Behemoth.

Behemoth Cover Art

I’ve always felt that designing book covers is a struggle for me, but I think I’ve come up with a few good ones over the years. This one has been particularly difficult as the entire novel is based around a total mystery. I don’t want to reveal locations or events on the cover and, for reasons I also can’t reveal, I also don’t want to reveal any spacecraft designs.

Books covers where people are the main focus have a strong tendency to be far too cheesy, especially in science fiction. This left me with the challenge of creating an eye-catching, memorable and mysterious cover which also displays a level of quality without any content on it.

Another important factor with this design is the requirement for it to work at a full range of sizes from 2000 pixels all the way down to 64 pixels and in square, rectangular and round shapes. That means no important details near the edges and definitely not in the corners.

Anyway, I hope you like it. I’ll be announcing the launch date for Behemoth later on Monday.


New front cover art for “Those Left Behind”

Those Left Behind - front cover artIt’s not only vitally important for a book cover to be eye-catching. It’s also critical that it works well and remains clear when displayed at a huge variety of sizes. The previous cover for Astronomicon: Those Left Behind did not fulfil either of those aims properly.

The image itself was excellent, a huge, planetary scale detonation viewed from orbit, but the layout of the titles was just too small and cluttered to work at smaller sizes.

The new design, shown above, works right down to thumbnail size, has more visual impact and generally looks more polished. I hope you all like it.

You may notice that I have also tweaked the colour-scheme and texture of the font used for the titles. The font itself is too good to lose, but I have felt for a while now that the gold colour was simply too vibrant. It may have been eye-catching, but it was straying into tacky. Hopefully the new finish is a little more tasteful and has a more dramatic feel to it. Of course now I’m going to have to modify all my other book covers to match and the title banner of this website too!


Sneak preview of front cover art for the next Astronomicon novel

Regular visitors of this site will be aware that Astronomicon: Those Left Behind is about to be published. It’s an exciting and very busy time for me. Lots of things to check, lots of minor tweaks and a fair bit of stress too. There’s always the fear that an error or typo will somehow creep through all the checking, proofreading and editing. My team of trusty proofreaders are very good, but still mostly human!

 

Today I received the proof copy of the front cover art for Those Left Behind. You won’t be surprised to know that I don’t draw/paint my own front covers. My artistic skills are far from good enough for that. I’m very hopeful that in future one of my children will be able to create cover art for me, but we’re not quite there yet.

 

Anyway, getting back to the point: here is the latest design:

 

Front cover art for Those Left Behind (Astronomicon #3)