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    Senior Member Receiving Daily Medication Kealan Patrick Burke's Avatar
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    Thanks guys!

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    They has a very cool look to it. Regardless, they are all well done.

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    Kealan - I have a question for you.

    Aside from your own novels - when you are designing a cover for a book, how do you figure out what kind of drawings, pictures, etc. are going to go on the cover? Do you have to read a transcript, or a summary of the story/characters? Is it something you collaborate with the author or editor? When do you go to an artist like Caruso, etc.?

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    TJ: I use stock art or in-house photography only. I don't hire artists. If I can't do the composite myself, I pass on the project. So far this has only happened once, with a science fiction cover that needed an illustrator, not a graphic designer (this is why I don't do SF covers). Usually the author will give me the concept they have in mind, in addition to a synopsis. If either of those is not enough, I'll read some of the book to get a feel for the tone, etc.

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    Very interesting - I was always curious if certain that featured a person for example, was as you said "in-house photography", or public domain type images. Like the Kill Whitey cover, or the cover for the one Gonzalez title where the guy is sitting on a chair. Those are everyday looking people. Or even ones where this a house or building....

    Thanks - it was something I always thought about.

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    Kealan is working on covers for a series of Top Secret projects for us and they're AMAZING.

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    I had no idea he did the cover for The Influence - it is simple, but very good.

    I am curious to see what else he has in store for us Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJCams View Post
    Very interesting - I was always curious if certain that featured a person for example, was as you said "in-house photography", or public domain type images. Like the Kill Whitey cover, or the cover for the one Gonzalez title where the guy is sitting on a chair. Those are everyday looking people. Or even ones where this a house or building....

    Thanks - it was something I always thought about.
    TJ: My girlfriend is a professional photographer, and she specializes in dark images, so if we can get the shot ourselves we will. For example, the guy in the chair on JF's cover is me, and we shot that at Mansfield Reformatory, (i.e. Shawshank)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian James Freeman View Post
    Kealan is working on covers for a series of Top Secret projects for us and they're AMAZING.

    Brian
    Thanks Brian!

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    Here's the reworked cover for my short story OFFLINE:

    Offline NEW.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kealan Patrick Burke View Post
    TJ: My girlfriend is a professional photographer, and she specializes in dark images, so if we can get the shot ourselves we will. For example, the guy in the chair on JF's cover is me, and we shot that at Mansfield Reformatory, (i.e. Shawshank)
    Wow - my uncle took his family there earlier this year - said it was a really cool place to check out. Not that far from here either, wouldn't mind to check it out myself.

    Have a possible Columbus trip coming up at end of October - maybe

    Also - another simple, yet very effective cover for Offline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian James Freeman View Post
    Kealan is working on covers for a series of Top Secret projects for us and they're AMAZING.

    Brian
    Awesome!!

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    Thanks guys!

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    Here's the cover for the digital edition of JACK & JILL:

    Jack & Jill small.jpg

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    Me like!

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    Outstanding, KPB! REally like the Offline cover.
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    Thanks guys! You can see more covers at my design website here:

    http://www.elderlemondesign.com

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    More fantastic work Kealan!

    I also must say, I love the synopsis on Jack & Jill

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    Thanks TJ!

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