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Behind the Scenes – Sojourn: The Beastlands

A cover for Melange Books. For this cover, we wanted to match the style of the previous books, The Wildlands and The Deadlands. I kept the general placement of the titles and author name the same (though we did experiment with different placements), plus we kept with the general theme of the two characters walking on a path to a different destination. In this case, we used the same model imagery from the second cover, but I did a few adjustments to their images to make them seem a bit different (pushed them closer, adjusted the girl’s hair a bit, and flipped their images). We added a couple pieces of deserted imagery to add to the abandoned feel, and I used a lot of Photoshop masking in layers to get the various jungle layers to mesh properly and look natural.

This is the result:

Behind the Scenes - Sojourn: The Beastlands Book Cover

Behind the Scenes - Sojourn: The Beastlands Back of Book Cover
Stock images from Dreamstime:

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-jungle-green-thickets-mountains-malaysia-image56303604 – jungle
https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-abandoned-road-image16324304 – road
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-tropical-rainforest-khao-yai-national-park-thailand-world-h-image68662437 – jungle overlook
https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-abandoned-diner-photo-taken-off-interstate-i-usa-image56088809 – abandoned diner
https://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-abandoned-car-image23149927 -abandoned car
People – From the Dollar Photo Club

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Behind the Scenes – Sojourn: The Deadlands

This is a cover for Melange Books. For this cover, we chose to keep the theme similar to the first book in the series, Sojourn: The Wildlands. To do this, we kept a few key elements: the two characters walking with their backs to the reader, a desolate landscape, similar placement of the title treatment and author name, along with the late evening lighting. Though we tried a couple different proofs before this, we found this one to have the strongest appeal.

This is the end result:

SBibb - Sojourn: The Deadlands - Book Cover

SBibb - Sojourn: The Deadlands - Back of Book Cover

Stock images from The Dollar Photo Club:

https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/84643064 – pink desert
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/86018878 – cityscape
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/61414729 – cracked desert sky
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/78050476 – Desert in the distance
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/77169647 – cracked desert texture
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/52669985 – couple walking
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/73794707 – man head
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/13610115 – female head
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/3514602 – fedora
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/3059778 – cowboy hat
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/85873155 – rust

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Behind the Scenes – Sojourn: The Wildlands

A cover for Melange Books. I had a lot of fun putting this one together. There are quite a few pieces in this particular cover (14 stock images in total), and I worked with the author to get all the right images and choose the best placement for them. For example: choosing what kind of bow the male model should have. Since the art form mentioned a bow, but didn’t specify crossbow or long bow, I emailed the author to clarify. Helpful to ask about these things up front so you don’t spend a lot of time masking out and fitting pieces, only to find it doesn’t fit the story.  In the meantime, I enjoyed playing with the lighting and colors.

This is the result:

SBibb - Sojourn: The Wildlands - Book Cover

SBibb - Sojourn: The Wildlands - Back Book Cover
Stock images from Dreamstime:

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-bend-old-road-surface-disused-closed-english-peak-district-image34979369
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-students-campus-image4931394
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-back-view-female-student-walking-isolated-white-background-image36669062
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-desert-road-image7134948
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-mesquite-dunes-dried-clay-detail-death-valley-macro-image33618544
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-back-fit-young-woman-black-sports-outfit-image18036671
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-listen-music-image26242278
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-quiver-made-leather-isolated-white-image34543777
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-archery-equipment-bow-quiver-arrows-target-image29842224
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-hunting-rifle-image12746386
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-mojave-desert-interstate-15-freeway-sign-image24736620
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-rust-image12737568
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-ivy-isolated-image16746725
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-wild-vine-climbing-wall-house-image9855948

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