Milkweed Editions contacted me about making a digital invite for an anniversary party they were having. They wanted it in the collageillustration style I did for the last book I worked on for them which ended up with a Monty Pythonesque vibe with that giant hand.

Milkweed Editions contacted me about making a digital invite for
an anniversary party they were having. They wanted it in the collage
illustration style I did for the last book I worked on for them which
ended up with a Monty Pythonesque vibe with that giant hand.


This is an old one I found in the archives. Normally I don’t post comps with Lorum Ipsum, but as I recall it, when the project was assigned there wasn’t any copy other than the title and the author name. I ended up writing some that made it to the final cover on the lower left, which I for some reason over the years has grown unappealing to me, my real favorite being the one on top where I scanned occult and spirituality classifieds out of old copies of FATE magazine.


This was an interesting project in that the book itself was commissioned by the Brandeis-Bardin Institute who hired the company who hired me to produce this book on the history of this school. So the package wasn’t only the cover but the interior with ample photography scattered throughout. I never received a sample of the finished product, but I think the one on the lower right was the final selection. I was partial to the yellow cover with the stained glass and the image of the campus in the 70s with its unmistakeable Californian vibe … having grown up there myself.


Lately I’ve been doing quite a bit of work for Amazon publishing services through affiliated design and publishing firms like Becker&Mayer! and Girl Friday Productions. It’s a long process from beginning to end on these projects and I suspect things have to make a few stops at various desks for approval. Consequently an idea can morph quite a bit from start to finish. Starting from the bottom left and reading R-L on up, I did five rounds of covers on this thriller about a man seeking revenge on movers who stole his stuff. This is just a fraction of what I did, there can be dozens of iterations of the same idea with subtle tweaking before arriving at the final idea on top. It should be noted that the budget for a project like this is notably higher than say something I do for an independent author where I try (and often fail) to do only two or three covers.


As much as I loathe putting his face on my blog, it is a job I did. The thing about Hitler and the Nazis is someone always seems to have something to write about them. But I will say this, photos of this guy are expensive for the most part. I found a series of affordable matchbook images from his early  Beer Hall Putsch days, that had a strange moire pattern that only added to his general creepoid factor. The top one is the pick, andbBlended with suitable worn-out folder it came out rather interesting. I like this cover, I just wish it was somebody else on it.


I really agonized for over a week on this. It’s a book about a guy who figures out a way to off artists to increase the value of their work. I thought for sure some idea would fly out my head, but most were flying out of my butt, and I ain’t showing those here. I got the “stabbed by a brush” motif going in my head and needed to do that three times for some reason. I was prone to liking the Jackson Pollack skull, but what happened at the last minute was this little piece of old magazine art with this skeleton painter that just started morphing into this thing that has elements of an old boxing poser. I love it, the client loves it. The world loves it.


Final illustrated cover (quite fun to work on), and recent round of comps for this new collection of short stories for author John Carr Walker, published by Sunnyoutside.


Susie Bright recently had me rework some of her older print titles for electronic format, and I had the pleasure of working with Phyllis Christopher on the cover art for this anthology and three others I’ll be posting in the future.

Susie Bright recently had me rework some of her older print titles
for electronic format, and I had the pleasure of working with Phyllis
Christopher on the cover art for this anthology and three others I’ll
be posting in the future.


Sourced and altered some old artwork from an out of print magazine for the final illustrated cover seen here. I’d tried following the meme from Rusty’s last book I did, but it seemed better to try a different direction this time.


Forgot I had these rejected comps I did for The Barkeep, which is coming out in November 2013.


Recent cover for a independent author who picked the one of the left.


The final cover (orange one) was a fun illustration to work on for this non-fiction title. Final hardcover was printed on boards which I totally prefer to dust jackets which tend to get destroyed.


Quick project for a first-time published author out of the UK.


Parallel comps from for the complimentary titles below.


Comps for first set of complimentary titles. Probably the only time I’ll ever use the P22 Signers of The Declaration of Independence font.



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