Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday Flourish: When They Come Calling

Happy Friday Everyone!

This will be the last Flourish post for a couple weeks as I have a few things planned for the coming Fridays, but I still have 18 recent covers I've yet to share with all of you, so more Flourish posts will be forthcoming!

The past several cover designs have all been illustrated, so today I thought it would be fun to share one that was completely different style-wise from what you've seen from me of late. My very favorite thing about this job is the wide variety of projects I get to work on, and the unique challenges each one presents. Some push me to fine tune my skills with type, some force me to watch an online tutorial or five to learn a new special effect in Photoshop, and then others require me to put some time into dusting off my drawing skills and putting my pencil to paper. After each one is wrapped up I end up feeling like a better designer than when I started, and the cover I'm going to share below was no different.

While I love covers that are full of color and texture and showoff some fun special effects, there's definitely something to be said for the more understated covers as well, especially when we're talking about a ghost story. For me, there's something infinitely creepier about what I don't see than what's right in front of me, as what my mind conjures up in an attempt to fill in the blanks is likely far, far worse than the real thing.

With When They Come Calling I really wanted to play up the eeriness of suggestion, giving readers just a tease of what this story holds in store for them so they can then let their imaginations run wild when they take in the cover design and title together. I hope you guys love it!


Physician Anna Roberts runs a free health clinic in Kansas City where she spends her days taking care of the living and avoiding the spirits of the dead. A late night accident leaves Anna at the mercy of the strange man who saved her life, but Anna soon learns that meeting Jed was no coincidence.
As Anna is drawn into Jed's dangerous world and a feud three thousand years in the making, she must come to terms with her own secrets and decide what she will do, when they come calling.

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31 comments:

  1. wow 18, I'm curious! a lot of work!

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    1. It is! I've had an exciting few months lately:)

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  2. Wow, I really love how the blurriness of the letters suggest quite a lot without really giving anything away! Another fantastic job, Jenny!

    18 recent covers?!? WOW!! I cannot wait to see them ALL!!

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    1. Thanks so much Pili! And yes, 18. Who needs sleep? :)

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  3. Woah, this definitely gives me the chills with the blurring of the letters--it looks so haunting! I definitely love the more understated covers as well, at times, but wow, 18 more covers to show us? You are so busy, Jenny! Your talent never ceases to amaze me--thanks for sharing with us, dear!

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much Keertana! Lots more covers on the way that I can't wait for you guys to see:)

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  4. WOW! This one is awesome -- love the eerie vibe. I can't believe you have 18 new covers to share?!?! You must be super busy and I guess that is a good thing! :) Can't wait to see what you have come up with next. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Christina! I have been crazy busy, and that's the best kind of problem to have. I'm grateful:)

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  5. Yup, you DEFINITELY nailed the creepiness right here^^ I can almost feel the chills creeping up my spine and my imagination is already running wild! Awesome.

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    1. WOO HOO! Glad to hear it Micheline:)

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  6. It does give off that creepy vibe. Anything could be happening in that house! Wonderful job, Jenny! :)

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    1. Right? I'm pretty sure I don't want to spend the night in that house:)

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  7. Those blurry letters definitely give a very creepy vibe. And I love that photo of the house you chose too. I love that you're so versatile with these, Jenny!
    I was fangirling about all your gorgeous covers the other day with Nereyda and telling her how amazing you were! And here you are proving me right over and over again. :)

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    1. Thanks Nick! I'm glad I have projects like this in between my illustrated work, it keeps me on my toes:)

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  8. I like how simple and clean this one is. Very cool, Jenny.

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  9. I like this cover too..I would pick it up and check out the synopsis.

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  10. Oh I love the movement of the letters and that house is so creepy! Brilly job as always! :D

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  11. Oooo I absolutely love! It has an eerie feel to it that I love!

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  12. 18 covers! I like this one a lot - simple, but with a delightfully creepy touch!

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  13. Jenny, you nailed the feelings of apprehension, fear, dread and more with this cover - exceptionally cool design and beautifully executed!
    Pam

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  14. 18 covers to share? Can’t wait to see them, Jenny! Today covers are amazing as always! I agree that what I don't see is much creepier than what's right in front of me; and you totally nailed this. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I totally agree with what you said about creepy covers. This definitely gives of the creepy vibe without even knowing what it' about.

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  17. The cover definitely made me look up what the book was about. Added to my tbr.

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  18. I do like the different take you've had with this book Jenny, sometimes the covers that make you want to take a step back to consider things I really do appreciate and this cover has me thinking so many different things. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to see more of your fantastic cover designs :)

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