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In spite of how the final version how much I liked the final version of this book (seen on my website), I always thought any of these numerous comps could have been excellent contenders. I’m extremely proud of the work I did on this book. Definitely a high point in my design.


These were the very first round of anything I did for author Ruth Harris, one of my very first eBook clients along with her Husband Michael. There were considerations with the legibility of the way eBooks covers are viewed that I hadn’t anticipated, which made most of these except for the bottom right one illegible at the microscopic thumbnails size one sees these most of the time.


First round rejects for the second Ruth Harris eBook I redesigned.


I’ve been wanting to do more illustration on my covers but most of my clients have similar definitive photographic or conservative cover solutions, and my stuff has to fit right or not at all. Murphy gave me the go-ahead to take a crack at his first eBook, and this first round split the difference. I ended up spending so much time on the bathtub slaughter that I ended up working some clippy solutions to go with the author’s concepts, which I might add if are good are totally welcome, and Murphy had some great ideas that were fun to fan out.


First round of comps for this title. I was somewhat delighted as I snacked on a bag of White Cheddar Flavored Puffed Corn Snacks from Trader Joe’s that one of the package illustrations was the same Dover images I used on the cover on the right. This is hopefully the Meatgrinder’s last appearance on one of my covers.


Rarely do I get as tickled with a solution as I did with this, or for that matter to actually use P22 Johnston Underground for the headline type on the cover of a book that’s actually set in the UK.

Rarely do I get as tickled with a solution as I did with this, or for that
matter to actually use P22 Johnston Underground for the headline
type on the cover of a book that’s actually set in the UK.


Early comps for series of books for Philadelphia-based mystery writer Merry Jones. She had four titles for redesign and my proposal was to create a identity to tie the covers together using icons, color and image. Some of these samples explored abstract textures and image, and were definitely going more for a shock value the author had originally wanted to explore, but was ultimately abandoned for a template using a more simple palette of strong image and type.


Here’s the final cover I illustrated with Murphy’s concept, and I love when clients give me good ideas to work from. The white version was the original, but the Author wanted to add color later on thinking the background was washed out, and so red replaced it.


Final series for mystery writer Merry Jones. I was extremely pleased how quickly we were able to pull these together after nailing down the template. I’d find images to forward to the client for approval, and once we had the pace established, I think we finished the project in a couple of weeks from start to finish.


Working with one of Green’s images he provided, and shadowy figure I created from an old magazine image blurred to oblivion, this was a pretty straightforward Photoshop job what went through several permutations of color and texture before arriving at this solution.

Working with one of Green’s images he provided, and shadowy figure
I created from an old magazine image blurred to oblivion, this was a
pretty straightforward Photoshop job what went through several
permutations of color and texture before arriving at this solution.


Rejected comps for a new book for Jason O’Mahony, my author/client in Ireland, following along the same font and simple illustration style of the last book I did for him The Ministry of Love. The Gemini Agenda according to Jason is “…basically about a group of Western politicians who initiate a plan to take over the world by uniting the United States and Europe into a single union. The book contains the Titanic (who sunk it, and why), the JFK assassination (again, who and why), a cruise missile attack on the UN building, an orbiting weapons platform, a stolen nuclear submarine, and a terrorist attack on the White House.” Reduction seemed the best solution here, though I realized much later I unconsciously and rightly ripped-off Stephen King.


Early versions of this cover using some of my original line art, and some found photos I had in this big stack of pictures I’ve collected from antique stores and flea markets, though the shot of the group of men was given to me by Cara Kleid. Thank you Cara.


So I had this cover all finished and ready to go when my hard drive failed this summer, and being the idiot I can be at times lost all the files. I then tried out something I’d never done before which was to take an old pdf version of this file I’d emailed the publisher of Sunnyoutside and opened it in Illustrator. I then went through each layer and painstakingly pulled the vectors out, copied and then pasted them into a new InDesign file, and I’ll be damned if it didn’t work and print just fine. No links on the preflight file either. Gotta love vectors.

So I had this cover all finished and ready to go when my hard drive
failed this summer, and being the idiot I can be at times lost all
the files. I then tried out something I’d never done before which
was to take an old pdf version of this file I’d emailed the publisher
of Sunnyoutside and opened it in Illustrator. I then went through
each layer and painstakingly pulled the vectors out, copied and
then pasted them into a new InDesign file, and I’ll be damned if
it didn’t work and print just fine. No links on the preflight file either.
Gotta love vectors.


This is the second title I’ve done for hard-boiled crime author Fingers Murphy. Murphy always gives me some pretty detailed ideas to work from, all of which tend to involved some sort of violent, over-the-top imagery…some of my favorite kinds. I tend to work with stills from action films for research, so the tricky part was finding scenes in films that matched up with what we were going for which was loosely based on those exploitation posters from flicks from the 70s. I ended up creating several illustrations I then scanned, colored and composed in Photoshop which took what seemed like forever. Fun project, I loved working on it.

This is the second title I’ve done for hard-boiled crime author
Fingers Murphy. Murphy always gives me some pretty detailed ideas
to work from, all of which tend to involved some sort of violent,
over-the-top imagery…some of my favorite kinds. I tend to work with
stills from action films for research, so the tricky part was finding
scenes in films that matched up with what we were going for which
was loosely based on those exploitation posters from flicks from the 70s.
I ended up creating several illustrations I then scanned, colored and
composed in Photoshop which took what seemed like forever.
Fun project, I loved working on it.


I stumbled on this early version of the Sad Bastard cover one of the many poorly-labeled archival discs in my possession. Occasionally I’m reminded about how much work forgotten I’ve done and sometimes have no record of. For that which was garbage I am grateful for this.

I stumbled on this early version of the Sad Bastard cover one of the
many poorly-labeled archival discs in my possession. Occasionally
I’m reminded about how much work forgotten I’ve done and sometimes
have no record of. For that which was garbage I am grateful for this.



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