Friday, January 21, 2011

Book Cover - Reluctantly In Love by Lindsay Kiernan

It's my honor to share my cover for Lindsay Kiernan's debut historical romance, 
This cover was a lot of fun to work on, as we tried different things to give it a classic feel with some modern touches. And I wanted it to look great in thumbnails when it is released on and Barnes & Noble February 15th! 

As always, I am available for commissions, email me at DeeplyDapper(at) for details or a price quote.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Facing Front - THE SENTRY by Robert Crais

 The Sentry is the latest from thriller author Crais, featuring Cole and Pike, a team of do-gooders/detectives in the Los Angeles area. I really like Crais' books, but I've never really liked his covers. Take this one, the US cover. It has a photo of a freeway, a sunset and some palm trees, all layered with varying opacity with the trademark "New York Times Bestseller" block capitals. I do like the layers of oranges though, so it gets bumped a notch.


I think this is the UK cover, but I'm not 100% sure. It's a little more creative, but I actually like it less. The figure in the foreground looks nothing like the character of Joe Pike (For one thing, he never seems to wear anything with sleeves) and so far in the novel, a bridge hasn't featured once. The weird pointy middle prong of that E bothers me too.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Irith The Flyer

Just a quick drawing for the Third Rail Design Lab's weekly art jam. The theme this week was "Flyers" so I couldn;t resist drawing Irith The Flyer, from Lawrence Watt-Evans fantasy novel TAKING FLIGHT. It tells the story of a boy out to earn his fortune who meets up with an enchanting and enchanted young girl. I tried to convey some of her attitude in the drawing and stick pretty close to Watt-Evans' description of the character. Then I tacked a background and some simple text on top for fun.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Coming Soon - Smitty the Shrunken Head!

 A new project - A shrunken head!

It's been an interesting challenge trying to get the texture of the skin just right for this little guy. Plus, I get to play with textures and add-ons like hair and rope. Cool!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New Background

I know, it's not that exciting, but I changed the background to this site to better represent my endeavors beyond that of creepy beasties in jars. Now it's creepy beasties in jars and books!