A Wedding and a Killing – September 13, 2014

A Wedding and a Killing by Lauren Carr

A Wedding and a Killing

A Wedding and a Killing has me return the amazing (best-selling) Mac Faraday series by Lauren Carr. Sharing a little process behind the scenes here but when time is spent on coming up with ideas, certain things come to mind right away with the given information provided. Then, something magical happens as you start to dig in and create off the initial ideas, then evolve into something else and usually very unexpected with the final result that blows every other idea out of the water and those are the moments I cherish a lot when creating something from very little. A keyword here, a setting there opens up doors you never thought you would go down. Enjoy the book and remember to see the full cover image, click the image.

Dead On Ice – Updated Cover, August 22, 2014

Dead On Ice - Updated cover

Dead On Ice – Updated cover

The original Dead On Ice cover started a new series with a new look and spark of new creative energy in coming up with a look that will really stand out as the series began to take off. As the second book in the Lovers In Crime series became available (Real Murder), the first book cover did not have quite the look now the author wanted to have. So, with the inspired look of Real Murder on the shelves, it was time to update and match Dead On Ice with a visually connected updated look. Enjoy the new cover art and buy yourself the book once again if you purchased the first edition of Dead On Ice. The originals are now collectible! 🙂 To see the full cover, click the image.

Real Murder (May 30, 2014)

Real Murder by Lauren Carr

Real Murder

Read Murder was the second book in the Lovers In Crime series by Lauren Carr. This book changed the look of the series once completed. The feedback about this cover from fans of the author fell in love with the look and so the author asked me before the release of this book that I redo the first book in the series, Dead On Ice. So, a new cover will be coming very soon! To see the full cover, click the image.

Budget Blinds Billboard (March 10, 2014)

Budget Blinds Billboard

Budget Blinds Billboard

The project was to create a highly visible advertisement/billboard for a client who owns a Budget Blinds franchise here in the Spokane, Washington area.  I was absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to do something outside my norm, but part of the well-rounded designer I wish to be. Once the project was complete, there were nearly a dozen billboards all over the area. I went around town taking pictures and the image you see here is one example of the different size variations that were taking up billboard space. I hope to do more work in the near future for the client. Thank you. To see a larger image of the billboard, click the image.

Twelve to Murder (February 6, 2014)

Twelve To Murder by Lauren Carr

Twelve To Murder

Twelve To Murder, part of the Mac Faraday series, captures a very special place in my heart. Another masterpiece of literary genius by author Lauren Carr made this cover a no brainer for ideas. The watch on the cover image was passed onto me after my Grandfather’s passing. Personal items around the house have made it into some of my covers at work before as well which makes each of those covers a bit sweeter to share with the world. Enjoy. For the full cover, click the image.

The Lady Who Cried Murder (January 2, 2014)

The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr

The Lady Who Cried Murder

The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr was another fantastic book in the Mac Faraday series. The creation of the cover was a bit tricky as some images just didn’t seem to work quite well enough to capture the essence of the book. Once I came across the main character for the cover, I blended a few other ideas to make this particular cover come to life and it really stood out as the winner. To see the full cover, click the image.

Cedar Smoke (November 2, 2013)

Cedar Smoke by Thomas L. Trumble

Cedar Smoke

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, 2013 (October 19, 2013)

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity

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 (October 8, 2013)

Into The Crossfire by Cindy McDonald

Into The Crossfire

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.