Saturday, July 4, 2015

Concept Sketch for the Cover of My New and Upcoming Book

(Updated 7/11/15)

Happy Fourth of July, everybody!

Since it's a day to celebrate freedom and independence, including the freedom and independence to be the artists and art lovers that we want and also write and read what we want, I'm going to keep this post a little shorter than usual. However, I did say a while back that I would share concept art for the cover to my next book of short stories, tentatively titled The Hidden. So here it is (Click on it to enlarge).

Pencil sketch depicting silhouettes of a girl holding a club and a man walking down an infinite-appearing alley.
Photo Credit: Steven Rose, Jr.

I'm thinking about using red and black as the main colours. However, because the wall that the girl is standing against is supposed to be shadowed, I may make that blue in a tone that complements the red or mediates between the red and black. I'm not sure if I want to leave the club in her hand or give her a knife instead. I'm strongly considering the knife since it's more iconic of the horror genre which several of the stories in this book will be of to at least some extent. There will also be some science fiction, which is why I made the flying saucer-shaped eyes in the sky above. I'm also considering making the tops and far "ends" of the walls gradient to give them the effect of disappearing into the darkness. Please let me know what you think (e.g. any changes you think should be made, additions, etc.) in the box below.
Also, find out how much closer we are to science fiction becoming science fact in my article I published early this morning at You may be surprised that we're a lot closer than you originally thought. 

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Until next time . . .

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