Creating a Cover for My Novel

I’ve been working in graphic design in one capacity or another for a little over a decade, and one thing I’ve learned in that time is that it is a million times harder to design for yourself than it is to design for even the pickiest of clients.

After all, you are your own worst critic.

I knew that when I wrote and decided to self publish my novel I would have to design my own cover and that was almost as daunting as writing the thing!

I’ve always had an infatuation with cover art. I know what catches my eye and what makes me roll them, yet somehow my mind was blank when it came to a design.

I knew that I wanted to incorporate the night sky somewhere, as well as beautiful typography. I toyed with the idea of having an actual person on the cover, but ultimately decided to go with a silhouette of a couple instead. I added a little bouffant on the top of the guy’s head so that it’d match the hero of the story’s hair. 😛

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Interview with Savana Ellison, Book Cover Designer for Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

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Remember how I was fangirling hard for the cover artist that designed HannahBucchin’s novel Paintbrush ? Well, I was able to get in contact with the owner of Blue Sky Design, Savana Ellison and I asked her a bunch of questions about her career as a cover artist, just in case there were others as curious as I am about such an interesting job!

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Cover Design Love: Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

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Can we take a freaking minute to gush over a gorgeous book cover?

Everyone says that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let me just tell you, my shallow a** totally does just that.

Maybe it’s the graphic designer in me, but a gorgeous (or awful) cover can make or break whether I pick up a book and read the back, which ultimately means it makes or breaks whether I even read it. Especially when I am browsing in bookstores, but even when I’m scrolling through Goodreads.

In any case, I’ve seen this cover a few times in several places, and I’m going to be honest, it is the only reason why I wanted to read the synopsis and had this book had a different cover, I probably wouldn’t even pick it up, but I want to display this on my bookshelf so badly, I’m probably going to grab a copy even though the book itself doesn’t sound like my cup of tea.

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