Final cover. Started out with a lot of requests and elements but the client ended up wanted something much simpler. This is often the case as things go from complicated to not so, especially with onlinepromotion where most clients tend to want their book title as clear and large as possible.

Final cover. Started out with a lot of requests and elements but the
client ended up wanted something much simpler. This is often the
case as things go from complicated to not so, especially with online
promotion where most clients tend to want their book title as clear
and large as possible.


Comps and variation for this recent title.


New author. I love making this creepy stuff.

New author. I love making this creepy stuff.


Fun cover for new client who like the idea I didn’t think would fly.

Fun cover for new client who like the idea I didn’t think would fly.


This was literally an 11th hour idea. I’d put together the comps belowwhich also included a bunch I didn’t even bother to show, yet something wasn’t clicking. I went back through the manuscript for key words inthe text, since working on a poetry book isn’t as necessarily literal as say fiction or non-fiction titles. I started scanning stuff and out popped these freakish characters along with this fish motif that was showing up in the text. I sent it off last minute and the client went for it, which actually surprised me. I thought it was too off-the-wall. Sometimes the ton of comps I do on a book is some kind of subconscious dump for the real idea that’s gestating and takes coaxing to bring to the surface.

This was literally an 11th hour idea. I’d put together the comps below
which also included a bunch I didn’t even bother to show, yet something
wasn’t clicking. I went back through the manuscript for key words in
the text, since working on a poetry book isn’t as necessarily literal as
say fiction or non-fiction titles. I started scanning stuff and out popped
these freakish characters along with this fish motif that was showing up
in the text. I sent it off last minute and the client went for it, which actually
surprised me. I thought it was too off-the-wall. Sometimes the ton of
comps I do on a book is some kind of subconscious dump for the real
idea that’s gestating and takes coaxing to bring to the surface.


Comps for this book of poetry.


This is on Amazon right now, though I was in the library the other daywith my wife and kids and saw Lashner’s previous book on the shelves and was hoping to see this and show my boy, but alas it’s not out yet.

This is on Amazon right now, though I was in the library the other day
with my wife and kids and saw Lashner’s previous book on the shelves
and was hoping to see this and show my boy, but alas it’s not out yet.


Several images went into making these photo composites, which started out with images primarily off Morgue File, the bald dude eventually morphing into the final cover featuring the menacing figure marching through some satanic saguaros.


Some old comp (circa 1995) I found from a Four Walls Eight Windows concept. I guess I was really into blood spray back in those days.

Some old comp (circa 1995) I found from a Four Walls Eight
Windows concept. I guess I was really into blood spray back
in those days.


This is ancient stuff, circa 1995 maybe? I dunno. They’re roughs for a reprint of this book I was working on for the long defunct Four Walls Eight Windows.


Happy with the way this came out (I even have an actual copy of it). Can’t go wrong with the LOC Civil War archive.

Happy with the way this came out (I even have an actual copy of it).
Can’t go wrong with the LOC Civil War archive.


I actually did a paperback version of this same book years ago, so it was a little weird when years later a different publisher asked me to work on the Hardcover version, though I’m pretty sure they had no idea of my earlier work, and I didn’t bother to say anything. This is the final mechanical I delivered. I hardly ever see this stuff as tangible, three-dimensional objects.

I actually did a paperback version of this same book years ago, so it
was a little weird when years later a different publisher asked me to
work on the Hardcover version, though I’m pretty sure they had no
idea of my earlier work, and I didn’t bother to say anything. This is
the final mechanical I delivered. I hardly ever see this stuff as tangible,
three-dimensional objects.


So far behind with these captions I don’t know what to write anymore. I think I posted the roughs of these somewhere on this blog. In any case, this is the final mechanical.

So far behind with these captions I don’t know what to write anymore.
I think I posted the roughs of these somewhere on this blog. In any
case, this is the final mechanical.


This photo composite was made out of about seven different images. The plane itself was the hardest thing to find as the author had a specific plane in mind that was virtually impossible to find without blowing the budget out of the water. The plane ended up coming from an image that originally had the aircraft as part of a military museum on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Most of the obscured image was unusable, so I was lucky have enough to fake the flying idea out of what I had to work with.

This photo composite was made out of about seven different images.
The plane itself was the hardest thing to find as the author had a
specific plane in mind that was virtually impossible to find without
blowing the budget out of the water. The plane ended up coming
from an image that originally had the aircraft as part of a military
museum on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Most of the obscured
image was unusable, so I was lucky have enough to fake the flying
idea out of what I had to work with.


The final chosen cover for this title was the “clean” retro look idea at the top. This was one of those projects where I came up with additional copy to go with the skeletal cover text I was provided.



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