Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Flourish: The Box of Souls

Happy Friday Everyone!

I have one more cover to share with all of you before I take a little break from flourish posts, and I really couldn't be more excited to show you because...DRAGONS. As much as I love reading about dragons, I might love designing with them even more, so when author Tanya Miranda sent in her artwork form my eyes immediately zeroed in on the word dragons and I might have flailed.

Tanya and I went through a few initial comps for The Box of Souls, playing with a scale texture and blending it with imagery of the Golden Gate Bridge to give a sense of place while keeping a dragon symbol as the focal point, but ultimately we decided that simplicity was the way to go. We eliminated both the scale texture and the bridge image, adding a subtle lighting effect to the background but otherwise allowing the triple dragon symbol to speak for itself. We also kept the typeface clean and easy to read, letting it have just a single flourish for personality and movement.

The Box of Souls releases next month, so I hope if you're intrigued you'll add it to your lists!

THE BOX OF SOULS


18-year-old Jasmyn secretly resents her family's preference for her 8-year-old sister Katarina. Her jealousy grows when her grandmother, a dying witch, overlooks Jasmyn and chooses Katarina to inherit her magic powers.  Although being second-place to her sister is something Jasmyn has grown accustomed to, this rejection wounds her like no other.

Little does Jasmyn know, she too has inherited some of her grandmother's powers. Resentment and envy are a dangerous pair, but when doused with magic, the chaos it creates is unimaginable.

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24 comments:

  1. Great post, I'll definitely be adding this on my tbr list! I haven't read that much books involving dragons so this might be my first and hopefully I will enjoy it! The artwork looks AMAZING! you guys did a great job with the cover art and I'm sure other readers will love it as well!

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  2. It sounds really good and of course you did an amazing job!

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  3. I;m definitely adding it to my TBR list! You did an amazing job :)

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  4. DRAGONS! Definitely worth the flailing. :) Gorgeous, as always, Jenny!

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  5. Dragooooons!! Everything is better with dragons!
    I love the triple dragon symbol and the cover is fantastic in its simplicity!!
    Brilliant job as always Jenny!

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  6. Jenny you really do blow me away with your talent! Honestly, so darn beautiful that I think my mouth actually dropped open when I saw this. I love everything about it from the softness of the colors to the brightness of the smoky flames! Just spectacular!

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  7. Wow! Another awesome job, Jenny! It's very simple, but eye-catching. I love it! Happy Friday!

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  8. Love the dragons so much!! And of course the color. This is a brilliant cover, Jenny!

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  9. You had me with Dragons! Once again, gorgeous. I love how I can always see the font in your titles clearly, yet they seem an extension of the art itself.
    I'm very curious!
    Hope you have a wonderfu; weekend, Jenny :)

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  10. THOSE FONTS. THOSE DRAGONS. I'm in awe once again, Jenny. <3

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  11. I love your Friday Flourish posts, Jenny. It's interesting to me to hear about the design process. While I think incorporating the Golden Gate Bridge into the cover sounds neat, I think you were right to go with simple. It's bold and makes an impression! :)

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  12. As amazing as ever! You are just bursting with talent :) Have a great weekend, Jenny!

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  13. I can pretty much agree with everyone in the comments that anything with dragons is a must read! Lovely work Jen!

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  14. WOW what a striking cover! LOVE absolutely every element of this design, but the dragons...oh, I soooo love everything about dragons...are e-x-c-e-p-t-i-o-n-a-l. Beautifully done Jenny!
    Pam

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  15. Absolutely LOVE the colors in this one! And that synopsis, tell me more!

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  16. Oh I agree. That simplicity you settled on was perfect. I love the symbol in the cover and so want to read it now!

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  17. Let there be dragons! Love, love. You're too talented for words. :)

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  18. DRAGONS is right, Jenny!! Love the swirling blue mist, too.

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  19. Yay for Dragons!!! I love this one!! The swirly blues are awesome! :)

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