Friday, September 23, 2011

I Give You...Whisper!

It's been a long journey, but Whisper has finally come alive. Before I present to you the finished product (who am I kidding, you're all scrolling down by now), I want to give major, major props to my artist, Red Hall of Crayon City. Red is one of the most talented people I know, and she took my God-awful initial sketch and made it into something amazing. I also want to thank my designer friend and musician Nicole VanNienwenhove of Rusholme Ruffians for helping me add the text at the end.

Just to show you how awesome Red is, she took this crappy drawing (it says Beyond the Western Sun because this was what I initially wanted for the first book):

And turned it into THIS:

I can't thank Red enough for all the immensely hard and dedicated work she put into this cover. I think she went through some 40 or more versions with various coloring, skin tones, faces, etc., all to meet my vision. I'm sure I was the biggest pain in the ass ever with my tweaking requests and for that I apologize, but regardless working with Red was a fun and unique learning experience. What resulted is a cover I am in love with. I can't express how incredible it is to see my favorite character in front of me, alive in some sense of the word.

So, there you have it. Walk the Red Road is one step closer to completion. I may make minor tweaks here and there until printing because I'm an annoying person who can't leave well enough alone, but for all intents and purposes, this is it.

Thanks again, Red!

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