This is marketing-ish, so I decided it was okay for a Thursday.
When I wrote Almost Like Wearing Nothing At All I knew I wanted the cover to have a cheesy 80’s feel. Maybe a bit less polished, a bit less well done – and I wanted it to look hand drawn.
I modeled the character in Daz Studio and the background in Bryce 7.1. It was really low effort on my parts, since it’s a short story and doesn’t really need a cover at all… but I enjoy doing that kind of art, so I did it up.
The first version I liked a fair bit – but Bryce crashed when I tried to render the thing in high res, and for whatever stupid reason I hadn’t saved the scene, so I couldn’t do a full res version of it. KDP didn’t like the version I had, too low res.
I didn’t really spend any time on the text, because why bother.
Now, I didn’t really like the photoshop treatment I did on her, it looked too much like amateur drawing. The overall design was good, but it just wasn’t quite there – and since I couldn’t do it full res there didn’t seem to be much point in making it better. After all, It was not going to be used for anything at all.
So, I did this one. It was better in terms of treatment, but again, I didn’t save the Bryce scene before rendering. That is a really bad habit of mine. I’ve gotten so used to working with cloud software, all of which saves automatically. I used to be a fanatic about saving. This experience is hopefully putting me back to that point.
Anyway, I liked the art treatment I did to it, but I wasn’t crazy about the layout overall, and I couldn’t modify it the way I might like.
Another one gone by the wayside.
I like the layout, I like the font choices, I like the background. Not crazy about the photoshop work I did to make it look drawn. It’s a lot like the first one in that regards. Mostly it’s because it kind of feels like coloured pencil, while I would prefer it to feel like more professional illustration tools.
However, and this is important, I saved the background scene in Bryce before I did my test render, let alone my high res render. I have this sucker in full res.
In fact this cover got uploaded to KDP, despite my issues with it. I mostly was sick of messing with it, and wanted to put the story out there.
Last night I had a bit of a bout of insomnia. I also know that I’m going to use the techniques I’m using here for future covers, to it was worth it to me to make them better. So, here it is – the final version, the one I’m happy with. It looks like bad fantasy art from the 80’s, exactly like it should!
Will this lead to sales? Not a bloody clue. It’s a better piece of art though.