This Is Why You Hire An Artist Part Two

Another reminder to authors that artwork is best left to artists.

If there was one skill that I would love to download into my brain, Matrix-style, it would be the ability to create digital art to use for my book covers. Unfortunately that ain’t gonna happen, and I’m probably about 10,000 hours of practise away from being able to draw much more than a stick figure holding a sword.

Which brings me to my concept sketch for the cover of Red Harvest Moon.

As I revealed in Part One of this series, I quite literally borrowed my daughter’s crayons to draw my vision for what the covers of the first volumes of the Wandering Knife series should look like. The image on the left is my impression of Ren walking across the sacred site of Mirrorhill, autumnal birch in the background. The idea is there, but as cover art I don’t think it would move many units.

The talented Olivia Rea was able to take my sketch and use it as the starting point for an actual work of art. Seeing it come to life through several phases of design and feedback was amazing. The end result of my main character almost stepping off the page blew my mind. It was exactly what I was hoping for, and so much more.

Red Harvest Moon has been out for a couple of months now, and the early reviews have been pleasing. The fact that people are taking an interest and giving it a read is in no small part due to the great artwork on the cover. Authors looking for an artist to bring their vision to life should definitely get in touch with Olivia.

In Wandering Knife news, I’ve finished planning out book two (working title Book Two) and am laying down some fresh prose. I’m hoping to have it ready for publication by the end of 2021.

And I won’t be doing the cover art.