It's been a little while since I've done a Friday Flourish post, but since I've had a couple covers revealed recently I wanted to go ahead and share them on the blog! For the past year and a half I've had the rather surreal experience of working with Bloomsbury Spark, Bloomsbury Publishing's digital-first imprint, and though it's a little sappy, it truly has been a dream come true.
One of my favorite aspects of designing covers (aside from the artwork itself) is working with people who constantly challenge me to be a better designer than I was the day before. Meredith Rich, editor extraordinaire at Spark, is one such person, pushing me with her art direction and feedback to take my work to a new level. Designing for print books and designing for e-books are two entirely different things, the use of color and type critical in e-books in a way I hadn't considered previously given they're seen primarily at thumbnail size, and her insight has proven invaluable time and again.
Two of our recent collaborations were revealed in the past few weeks, a redesign of Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda and The Trick to Landing by Jenny Kaczorowski, and I hope you guys love them as much as we do. Below those two titles are the other 5 covers I've done for Spark to date, and I've got two more in the works that I can't wait to share (though it's likely going to be a while yet)!
HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER
From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.
Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.
But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.
Together they're ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that's what witch hunters do.
Welcome to Hollywood.
THE TRICK TO LANDING
When you wipe out in life, who helps you get back up again?
After a gnarly fall in competition, a DUI, and moving in with her mom dashed her hopes for a spot in this year's X Games, 16-year-old skateboarder Summer O'Neill is left with one last shot at redemption. But her fresh start is even harder than getting back on the half pipe: hours of community service, a party girl reputation she can't shake, and life with a mother she hardly knows leave Summer scrambling to keep her world stable.
The very last thing Summer is looking for is a boyfriend, at least until she meets Sebastian Vega. Steady, unassuming, and self-assured, he's everything she's not. Before long, she's sneaking out for midnight sandcastle building excursions and trading in her art class for private photography lessons with Bastian.
But Summer's past won't stay behind her and Bastian has problems of his own – including a bleeding disorder that seeps into every aspect his life. While he pushes against the limitations of his hemophilia, she is bound by the rules of her probation. When the ramifications of her past crimes collide with his frustration, it may be more than their budding relationship can bear.
With the next X Games qualifier rapidly approaching, Summer has to own up to her mistakes if she wants to soar again. If she can't, she'll lose more than her second chance. She'll lose her future-in skating, and with Bastian.