Cedar Smoke was a poster for a special play that was put on by Thomas L. Trumble; directed by Dr. Robert C. Willgoos & Dr. Joyce C. Web. The power of the Vietnam experience made the poster design a true honor in creating. Finding the right tombstone and then smoothing out the inscription that was initially on the tombstone was a quick fix. Adding the title text to blend with the tombstone came along quite nicely with a matter of a few adjustments. To see a larger image of the poster, click the image.
Creatures, Crimes & Creativity was a book that was designed for a conference of authors. The book highlights a series of authors that attended and spoke at the conference. The logo comes from the group but other than that, the design was all mine. This was a nice change of pace in creation of covers that I have been doing. I explored many potential ideas but as this particular cover developed, I kept enhancing the layers with bright, vivid color and a metallic quality that felt like it captured the essence of the conference. To see the full cover, click image
Into the Crossfire was the first book in a new series entitled First Force by Cindy McDonald. The cover image photograph is by Paul Reitz of New York and the model is Stuart Reardon. I added the title construction and scope to give the cover the look needed to begin a hot new series! The biggest challenge was to remove some of the model’s tattoos (a very painstaking-pixel-by_pixel exercise). Also, at this time, I created website banners for both Cindy McDonald & Lauren Carr’s websites. Check out both to see the banners! To see the full cover, click the image.
The Murders At Astaire Castle was another installment of the Mac Faraday Series by Lauren Carr. The cover was an easy one to come up with considering the subject matter and synopsis. You cannot go wrong with a spooky old castle (which the inspiration came from Scooby-Doo) in a perspective of dramatic excess! Once I start a series, much like at work, I do my best to keep the overall look and design similar so the audience that has fallen in love with the author’s style carries over to help identify the author’s products all across the world. To see the full cover, click the image.
Dear God…Letters from the Nursing Home was a very special cover to design. Author Mary-Ellen Low shares experiences in the nursing home community. The cover was very inspirational to accomplish that salutes The Greatest Generation. Quite a few layers were needed to get the right look, blend and visual impact that was needed to express the importance and delicate nature of the subject matter. I hope you enjoy. For the full cover, click the image.
Against the Ropes was another visual assault of awesome in this vivid book cover. Part of the Unbridled Series by Cindy McDonald, the cover captures a dramatic vision of the bridge while lightning falls around the terrain to give the cover some drama. The overall redness in the image showed an urgency that works well with many mystery or action genres. To view full cover, click the image.
Acre was a good year or more process to completion. Long delays in getting answers to updates and a desire to complete the project became almost at times a forgotten project on the list. Cover concepts were aplenty to achieve what the finished product turned out to become. It was truly a blessing to finally share this cover with the world at the time. The cover was a sweet old-fashioned feel of baseball yesteryear glory. To see the full cover, click the image.
Close Ups and Close Encounters had a pretty fast turnaround. It was more about giving a concept to the back cover of the book. The book was a series of animal photographs by the author S.J. Brown and her experiences she had a long the way. Beautiful images! The front cover was one of her photographs and it was my duty to design the typopgraphy to bring the cover together. To see the full cover, click the image.
The logo for Lake Spokane Parks & Recreation was a submission to a contest the Parks & Rec’s board had opened up to the entire Suncrest, WA area. The park was in its infancy stage at that point. The park’s land had been acquired and a panel of officials had been created to support the growth of the free park for the community. The logo is now used on all official documents and websites pertaining to the Lake Spokane Parks & Recreation. I am honored to help in establish a much-needed free park experience for the community of Suncrest, WA and its surrounding communities.
Blast From the Past was another installment of the Mac Faraday Mystery Series by Lauren Carr. The cover concept advanced quickly and WOW, the color really made the cover explode on the screen. Yet, there was a hint of darkness as well with a faded image among the fire that gave it some depth and the appropriate amount of mystery. For the full cover, click the image.