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.
You can check out more of my cover design work at Seedlings Design Studio!