I’ve been reading this book sent to me by new indie author John Kreilkamp and it is AWESOME! I absolutely LOVE it! I’m so glad he found me to design his cover. This book should be out sometime in the first part of 2016, but for now you can follow John on Facebook and catch some of his wonderful artwork.
Johns story keeps me reading and I don’t want to put it down. The scenes with the characters make me feel like I’ve been transported back in time to the seventies and I am right there in the room with them. It plays like a movie in my head, the story is just brilliant really.
I wanted to create a cover that was entirely unique, that would look a little strange, and that would capture the colors of a seventies acid trip. It’s meant to be a bit surreal, like the story of the year in the life of the protagonist.
That said, I have come up with an illustration and design with the help of an art piece created by John himself, ‘A Collection of Selves’
(which I thought was appropriate not only because of the line-work, but because of the name). It really brings balance to the cover overall. Follow John ‘Quantum’ Kreilkamp
In the end it’s a colorful cover that jumps off the page at you and I like it for several reasons:
- John mentions the many colors he see’s when a presence shows up.
- All of the references to drugs and getting high throughout the book.
- There is a scene where the protagonist has his tarot read and the card that represents him is the fool which is represented by the image of the hat.
- The fonts really command attention.
- John’s artwork makes for a beautiful backdrop.
- The time setting of the book in the 70’s is complimented by the abundance of color along with the design style with the black color blocks forcing the color forward.
- It looks trippy which compliments the journey of the story.
- It stands out, hands down, next to other books.
- It draws the viewers attention at thumbnail size which is how it would appear on an Amazon page.
- It makes me want to read the book 🙂
- What do you think?
“The Romanovsky Stain” is the first of a series of five spy thrillers coming from an expert in the field. Duke has really brought this story to life. I can’t wait for people to get their hands on this one, they won’t be able to put it down, I couldn’t.
I had a lot of fun illustrating this cover, it’s different from any other cover I’ve ever done and I really like the sketching of the characters. The eyes are removed from the character on the front and enlarged to stress the spy theme. I used this color scheme to stay with the books genre and also to reflect that it plays out in Russia. The splash of yellow coming across and down the front cover is meant to be a sort of spotlight that brings the character into view. The splash of white light coming across the page is another larger spotlight. The gun on the back is the protagonists gun lying on a crossword which was a way of spies communicating. The shadowy figure walking away on the back cover is the protagonists nemisis, who always seems to be just out of reach.
This style was really fun to work with and I’m looking forward to the other four covers I’ll be creating with Duke. I’m not certain of the release date for this book, but I will post about it and include all the necessary links so you aren’t missing out on this one.
Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Michelle Rene Goodhew
Cover design “eyes” inspired by © Can Stock Photo Inc./NesaCera