As part of My-Sister-the-Writer's book launch for Galaxy Nomads I thought you might enjoy seeing the "making of" the book cover.
Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan
Since I hadn't read the book when I started, I began by asking questions from the author. I wanted info on things like characters, settings, tone, mood, themes. I may be doing the cover art, but the author has a "world" she's created in her own imagination, and I wanted to do it justice.
(Impt: Always be sure you use copyright free images and/or purchase the rights. We did both.)
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The first thing we needed was the right background.
A wonderful photographer I happen to know
(oh, gee, I'm married to him) gave us permission to use
this photograph he took in Southern Oregon.
Thank you to Jim R Stephenson Photography:
Turned it into a night sky:
Now we need the Clan! Original graphics stock:
Modified to our Clan:
Added to background;
yellow sunset backlighting to silhouettes:
Glow from sunset hitting our family:
Close up of the MacKenzie silhouette:
The Clan nestled onto the planet:
Now we need some stars, galaxies, night sky artifacts:
Our Ship is next! This is our original stock photo:
Sleeked out and modified:
The large intergalactic spaceship in which generations
of MacKenzies left their home world, were born in, and died in!
The final image sans text:
And our finished book cover with text:
I hope you found this behind-the-scenes look at how the cover art was created interesting. I used a dinosaur version of Photoshop, PS Elements 6, but it did the job. If you need a source of free-to-use imagery, check out morgueFile.
I think my favorite part was creating the spaceship. It has a kind of "retro-future" look to it. No, really, that's a legit term in the art world! It cracked me up when My-Sister-the-Writer laughed and said that term was an oxymoron. Oh well, who ever said artists were normal, mwa ha ha ha.