About custom cover illustrations and design
- I prefer digital painting over traditional media as it's easier to change, but if you want a watercolour painting as your cover, I can do this! These are not photos - they are custom illustrations which is why they will be more expensive and a bit slower to make than a photo-manipulated cover.
- There is a lot of collaboration and communication involved so it normally takes 6-8 weeks for a full wraparound illustration (approx 1 week for thumbnails, 1-2 weeks for the detailed sketch and colour concepts, and several weeks for the painting. Design work depending on the complexity normally takes a week, assuming you have a template for me to work to from you printer for print books). I don't normally get time to read the book before starting, however if you want me to I can, just be aware this will impact on time frames. If you have a drop dead date - please let me know up front. I work a day job so I need to plan in advance. Times may be shorter for less complex cover art.
- I sell worldwide publication rights for the purpose of the book cover, with non-profit generating promotional material included (includes files simple cutdown versions for social media headers etc). Any other rights can be negotiated (i.e. I retain the right to sell prints and submit it to online galleries)
- All covers are painted to spec - that is, I paint them at print resolution for the size you provide for the quote - normally this starts at 5.25" x 8"- 6 x 9" for the front cover, but may be bigger for CreateSpace. Normally a wraparound is about 9 x 13" depending on the page count
- Print covers automatically provide you with ebook rights and files
- Ebooks covers are normally painted at print resolution so that if you want to use if for a print cover at a later stage you can, however I won't expand an ebook to a wraparound after the ebook cover has been painted - it's too difficult to repaint and redesign
- I'm happy to add design work as an additional fee later if you just want to start with the illustration
- Other questions or you want a custom quote, please contact me.
Check out some of my blog posts to see sketches, design concepts, and processes