The River Girl Cover, part one
|February 10, 2012||Posted by Linda Jo Martin under Meanderings||
Today I’ve been re-thinking the cover of my soon-to-be novel, River Girl. I hired an artist to do the cover then discovered I cannot use it. I am so sad, and don’t know what to say to him about it. I’ve been advised (by my partner and investor) to make my own cover since I tend toward art as well… though not with his level of expertise by a long shot.Tonight I worked on a lot of sketches to try to get some idea for what I’d like the cover to be like. Indeed, I came up with two or three concepts that I think will be helpful. Tomorrow I’ll start on watercolor paintings, hoping to get something I can use.
River Girl is about a family that migrates from the San Francisco Bay Area to a small river valley town in Northern California. The cover illustration the artist sent me was lovely in sepia tones, but my advisers said the girl in the picture was barely visible and had a strange stance. Also I was advised that the cover needed more color. I loved the cover concept, and now am starting over. I must continue to believe that I can do this.
Actually, I was beginning to think I couldn’t – as my sketches were stilted and contrived – but then I decided to let myself go and just scribble whatever came through me. It took many bad sketches but eventually I came up with what to me looks like a unique and intriguing cover idea. I’m looking forward to giving it a try.
For the back of the book I’m considering using the pattern for the pinwheel quilt design, since that’s mentioned in one chapter of the book. I’ve also been advised to try some sketches for each chapter. That’s seventeen chapters… oh my! My artistic attempts will get a workout!