The covers for the other books both in the Red Ned and Peter Wilks series have taught us the advantages and pitfalls of the Indie author/publisher’s need for quality art. Luckily our in-House budding artist Alex is improving in leaps and bounds with his design work and skill level. While the critical eye of my dear Uber editor has summarily executed my wilder or more insanely complex suggestions (sigh I don’t know why she didn’t like the mechanical Tudor elephant, it looked great to me).
The background wall is a touch light in this shot, so we need to add Darkness with a circle of illumination to add atmosphere.
As for the artistic spray of blood down the bottom, I sure I don’t have to explain that for a Dark Historical Fantasy.
In this next stage we bring the woodcut into the cover projecting it on to the wall as from a magic lantern, completing the basic cover.
The projector is based on a small sketch by the master of renaissance devices Leonardo da Vinci, whose mind must have been the very ferment of creativity for all the intricate drawings that sprang forth. This one has the ubiqitoius lion's feet without which no piece of renaissance table art is complete. To add to the Da Vinci-ness of the illustration we put the sketch on aged parchment and overlaided a selection of the master's reversed writings.
For the last stage see the finished cover at the start of this section, we chose a Tudor style gothic script to fix the period in the mind of the viewer and then inserted over it a colour and pattern of acid etched gold for the aged quality.
Any way for those of you who may be interested here are the links to Darkness Divined at