Each cover took on a sense of increasing movement in the series. I’ll admit that since this cover needed to have even more action than the last one, I needed to think about it a lot more. Obviously, running figures were necessary, and I’m rather particular about capturing the right run.
The first step was to read the synopsis of the books and get a feel for the setting. The books take place in the Appalachians and Matthew asked that I think about a scene in Kentucky as it was an important location in the stories.
As before, the cover needed to capture a broad feeling of the final series. I wish more covers were designed this way. I’m certain art directors would be fine with it, but marketing departments want a scene from the book to please the readers. Unfortunately, editors tend not to pick a very visual scene to paint. An art director that understands the visual language can direct a cover to excite a potential reader, and also please marketing. Matthew understands.
Matthew went right to H, and we discussed using different parts of the other thumbs to build the scene. I was surprised that he liked the alien ships I drew. I played with multiple flight vanes on the outside of the ship, looking for something sinister. But Matthew nailed it: fangs. Perfect for the series.
The end of a very fun series with him and SFBC. Thanks, Matt!
Here’s the full cover layout, and a shot of the three covers from the series.