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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.


Astronomicon: Icarus new cover art goes live!

Astronomicon: Icarus front cover imageI have previously announced the new artwork for the front cover of Icarus, but now I am pleased to announce that the new cover is now in use on Amazon. Icarus is already selling better than I expected, but this fantastic new cover should be a lot more eye-catching and push sales even higher.

 

Now what Icarus needs is some reviews on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. I get positive feedback from some of my readers (which is always nice to hear!), but never seem to be able to persuade readers to put their comments into an Amazon review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New cover art for Astronomicon: Icarus

Astronomicon Icarus new cover artI’m really keen to hear what everyone thinks of this. Hopefully it’s the best Astronomicon front cover there has been to date, but I am worried it’s a little cheesy. Of course, cheesy is probably appropriate for a classic style science-fiction novel?

 

This time, instead of creating the artwork myself, I’ve actually bought commercial rights to use someone else’s fantastic artwork as the main image. The overlayed titles etc. still maintain the exact same style as the previous Astronomicon front covers, so the series continuity is preserved.

 

The image I’ve chosen perfectly suits one of the early scenes in the novel where the crew of the Icarus Deep Space Mining Vessel are attempting to mine large asteroid when disaster strikes and they are left jumping for their lives.

 

So, what do you think? Big improvement? Or too cheesy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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