Galendor Cover Art

September 28, 2015

It took five months to conceptualize, draw and then paint the cover for the fist book in the Galendor series.  The advantage of being with a boutique publisher is negotiating for creative freedom.  The disadvantage was before getting that freedom, I had been assigned an artist to create the cover.  We couldn't come to an agreement on design and I ended up paying for three unacceptable designs above the five the publisher paid for before she graciously stepped down. 

Perhaps this makes me seem like a picky jerk, but I only get one shot to be published for the first time and I didn't want to compromise.

I saw the cover as emulating an old leatherbound book with metal clasps and a line drawing burned into the leather.  The publisher thought color would make it more 'clickable' so, I dug deep and began the long process of painting.  As an amatuer illustrator, I'm more comfortable with pencil sketches.  The work of Alphonse Mucha inspired me heavily.
 

I kept one element of the original artist's work, the font for the main word 'Galendor.'  I've since been told by professional graphic designers that the 'G' is a mistake as it isn't easily read.  I concede this fact, but I'm proud of the cover and will keep it!

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