Today I have come to the momentous decision that I am selling my soul. Yup, me… soul free baby, just call ol’ Scratch on up and we’ll hammer out a deal. I’m ready and willing to bargain!
*shakes a hastily scrabbled together list of things willing to trade that includes in no particular order: Left hand, left foot, other hind leg of old cat, old cat herself, boyfriend’s Star Wars collection/X Men collection/Transformers collection….erases old cat*
Why am I willing to sell my used goods like a freakin’ fire sale, you ask? Well, have you seen L.C. Chase’s latest cover? Have you? Seriously, it’s enough to make me cry like Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This cover for Daylight Again, written by SE Jakes, with the cover art by L.C. Chase, is divoon…
The talent, the sheer lickable-tasty talent that she has, it’s damn impressive is what it is. This is why I’m willing to sell something off that I probably don’t use anyhow. Not if you believe what my ex-husband says.
I just want to know, L.C., will you PLEASE give me lessons, or pointers, or post-its? Hell, you can throw Alpha-Bits at me and make me guess what they spell, if you’d tell me your secret. How the heck did you get so good at doing covers?
And that right there, folks, is why I’m here, to praise the undeniable talent of the wonderful L.C. Chase. Not only does this cover make me want to buy the damn book, but it seriously has me contemplating and eyeballing the previous two. Do I have any damn time to read, you ask? With a cover this good, I’m willing to make the time, I’m thinking.
My first question, though, and I honestly hope L.C. will answer this, is how long did it take you to make it? Did you draw the design on his arm yourself? How long did that take?
Now, I’m not sure why the guy’s eye socket is blue, I really need to read the books, but I love it in contrast with the skin tones and the tribal art. This literally looks like something someone would get tattooed on themselves. I’m going to say that she probably drew this herself, but I’m not sure because it’s darn hard to tell sometimes, and Google is so damn exact in its image search. I have the Fu but Google was having none of it!
It looks like the whole cover is drawn but again, it could be a photo (the guy himself) and then painting overlay to give it such a nice even look. It’s something I’ve been playing around with myself, though not to this level of capability.
I love the balance on this cover. The font is bright and eye popping, (and almost the exact shade I had my little ’72 VW Bug painted 6 months ago, so I might be a bit biased), it’s clear, it’s easy to read, and yet it doesn’t detract from the tattoo, which I’m gonna guess is supposed to be the main focus. With the way the cover is set up, it certainly got my focus.
The most beautiful thing about this cover is how it complements the rest of the series.
See? Isn’t that pretty? I thought so too. And it never loses its look from book to book. This is actually harder than you’d think, especially if you have three different pictures all with different lighting. It’s a lot of playing around with shading to get them right, and then you have to mess with the colors to make sure the skin tones stay similar, unless, of course, you’re doing a blue Martian, a green toad guy, and a pink bunny or something like that. Even then, you have to be in the same color spectrum ’cause if you use a blue-green Martian and a yellow-green toad guy, it just clashes. And yep, I can hear you snoring from here, so I’m just gonna end today’s mindless meandering on this final note.
L.C. Chase, art goddess extraordinaire, I will be hunting you down at GRL as well! Hope I have enough cash for bribing lessons out of you!
Well, in the meantime I’ll keep hunting for my coin purse, waiting for my invite to Hogwarts to arrive, and enjoy gazing on the mastery that is L.C. Chase’s art.
Have a good one guys! And may all the good books be with you!
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4 thoughts on “A.J. Corza’s Got You Covered – This Week’s Review – SE Jakes’ “Daylight Again”, Cover Art By L.C. Chase”
The blue of the eye is a “nazar,” a Turkish symbol against evil. They’re meant to be hung in the window to deflect any evil gaze looking in. Spectacular symbolism if you recognize it, and visually interesting even if you don’t. Nice work indeed.
Thanks for letting me know I’m sure a lot of people don’t know that. I love interesting little facts like that!
Wow! I am beyond honored! Thank you so much, A.J.! <3
I can't take all the concept credit though. Victoria Colotta designed the first cover, Catch a Ghost (and drew the dreamcatcher tattoo, too). I did the second two covers, but the series style had already pretty much been established. You're right though, getting skin tones and lighting to carry across a series can be a challenge. I can't remember how long it took to do the Daylight Again cover, exactly. I kind of get lost when I'm absorbed in the process. ;-) It's mostly all stock photos though. The nipping ring I drew digitally, as well as the eye (P.D. is right on about the evil eye symbolism). The skull is line art with a bunch of layers and photoshop brushes to give it a bit more of a 'tattooed' feel, and the model… lots of layers and lighting effects.
As for the secret…study, practice, repeat. :-) I like to keep up with what's going on in design, not just for book covers, but across the board. I watch font trends, genre trends, style trends, color trends, try to figure out how to achieve different looks through various effects, filters and plug-ins, share tips and tricks with other artists, and practice, practice, practice.
I'm looking forward to meeting you and hanging out talking covers at GRL! Be prepared though, hugs are mandatory. :-)
You’re very welcome sweetie! I’m the same way as far as not really knowing how much time I spend, though I do try to get off my computer once in awhile so I don’t go cross-eyed! Thanks for replying and for the tips and all that sweetie! I can’t wait to meet you in person! Hugs are good! :D