Well, my current cover is better than my first attempt, which was truly terrible. But I am still not quite happy.
For that first try, I used a photo f my 3-year old son as a go-by because he was wearing the expression I wanted. But a 3 year old boy’s face does not easily morph into a 10-year-old girl’s face, even with my imagination. So…I spent some time finding photos of girls around the right age, imagined a conglomeration of their faces, and got this:
Okay, so far so good. So I laid down some color using water-color paints:
Surprised by how much color washed out in the scan I added more contrast with markers:
See how much more color there is in a really poor quality photo?
Next, in my process comes white acrylic paint. Maybe I’ll be happy with the result. Or maybe I’ll just use that first sketch and call it good. After all, the computer is like a Tardis – I can go back in time to the original sketch. Maybe add some black marker. Or vampires in Venice. : /
No, no…not that.
What to choose? What to choose? Perhaps when I am done, I’ll post a poll and my 5 readers can choose! Oooh, I like that idea. Saves me the brain ache. I am almost ready for you to read this novella. I hope you are too!