One of the reasons I went indie with my debut novel, The Apollo Illusion, was creative control—not just of my story, but of the cover art and presentation.
I had two artists in mind who I wanted working on my book’s look, because these guys are seriously awesome AF.
Cover Art: Rebecca Lopatin
Yes, we have the same last name, because yes, Rebecca is my sister. But she’s also a professional, accomplished fine artist here in the blazing hot desert of Phoenix, Ariz. Like, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She studied art in Italy. F’ing ITALY.
You guys, she hand-painted my book’s cover art. Like, the classical way. Savage, right?
Rebecca has a garage full of oil paintings for sale that need some serious walls. Even if you’re not looking to buy, you gotta check out her work and give her a follow:
- Website: http://rebeccalopatin.blogspot.com
- Instagram: @rebeccalopatin
- Facebook: @RebeccaLopatinArtWork
Cover Design: Ryan Quackenbush
Ryan is a sick digital artist and illustrator. I mean, this guy sells his own graphic novels at Phoenix Comic Fest (a.k.a. Phoenix Comicon). His stuff is dark and edgy and just AWESOME.
So naturally, I wanted that look and feel for my cover design, considering the genre of my book. He took Rebecca’s art and turned it into a badass book cover that seriously makes people gasp when they see it.
If you’re into the graphic novel scene (and even if you’re not), I’m telling you to head over to Ryan’s pages NOW and scan his stuff, or follow him:
- Website: http://www.ryanquackenbush.com
- Instagram: @ryanquackenbush
C’mon, you MUST be thinking something.