About the cover…

November 3, 2014

The cover for ILUMETTH was created by John Coulthart, who did an amazing job of converting the disparate bits of stuff in my head into a coherent (and beautiful) whole. I started off by deciding that Justinian and Ezekiel wouldn’t be on the cover, and then… Things sort of fell apart, because I didn’t know what I did want. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided some of the more important objects from the story would be a good idea, and tried to explain what it was I had in mind. I also sent along some visual aides, though I suspect they were more helpful in reassuring Mr. Coulthart that he would always have work… Heh.

Here are some of the ingredients that went into the cover:

I can't draw, which is why I'm a writer.

The thing on the bottom of the shield is supposed to be a lion.

This is even worse than the first one.
That’s a tree, not a fried egg.


The Anglican rosary is slightly different from its Roman Catholic counterpart.

I also included a description of the shield and sword:

From this distance, he could see that the shield sported subtle decorations engraved around each of the gems—vines dripping fruit wound about the one in the upper left; what appeared to be a massive olive tree supported the second in the upper right; a lion’s head with a mane of flames and a crown held the third stone in his teeth. He couldn’t read the script that ran down the blade of the sword, but he could see that the crossguard was shaped like sturdy branches.

To take all of that and turn it into the cover we see today… Yeah. I’m really pleased.


3 Responses to “About the cover…”

  1. Carolyn says:

    I always enjoy hearing about cover design because, unless you’re an author and cover artist, it’s a collaboration of two different artists trying to come up with one cohesive thought. So interesting to see that process. It look’s like John’s a real professional if he could decipher what you gave him and come up with your wonderful cover. ;)

  2. CJWright says:

    Dreamspinner sends along a questionnaire that can really help with the whole process — for me, it helped me focus on the things I wanted.

    John was great about the whole thing, pointing out that the two options I’d come up with were a little boring from a visual standpoint (and that the brick wall pattern would cause problems by forcing the viewer to focus on the center of the cover, which would be less than visually interesting. His ideas were terrific, and the end result is just perfect.

    Ha! Well, now you know why I’m a writer. :D

  3. JJ says:

    It’s interesting to learn about how the cover came to be and the ideas that went into it. I’m taking a 2nd look at the cover now.

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