Monday, January 27, 2014

The Making of a Book Cover…




Voila! After weeks of sketches, walks through Montmartre and discussions with my cover artist, the cover of "Paris, Rue des Martyrs" is ready for unveiling. Please visit Traveling With T today for the official COVER REVEAL. There, you will also find an excerpt from the novel. Thank you, Traveling With T, for being part of my book launch!

And here on my blog, please stick around for this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cover…

"Paris, Rue des Martyrs" is the story of four strangers from very different backgrounds whose lives entwine in the neighborhood of Montmartre. Much of the activity takes place on a street called "Rue des Martyrs" but the story also unfolds along other pathways in and around Paris' highest point.

I spent a morning walking around Montmartre, thinking, taking photos and looking at the world from the perspective of my protagonists. I was seeking an image that would represent this area of Paris as well as the idea of a path (since each of my characters is on a journey). For me, the answer was evident: the steps leading to the top of Montmartre.

I wanted an original drawing, and right away, I knew the person for the job: Cooper Copetas, a very dear friend of mine who also happens to be an artist and student of architecture. As a child of this great city, the spirit of Paris emanates from his work!

Above, you will see a photo I took to use as a starting point, Cooper's first draft, and then the final drawing.

After experimenting a bit with greens for the trees, the artist decided to limit the color palette. Cooper’s watercolor creates an ethereal dreamlike place expressed through light ochres, whites, and blues. The idea is: Where will that path lead each character?

So there you have it… Thanks for stopping by, and as always, I would love to hear your thoughts!




17 comments:

  1. Great! So cool...

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  2. Beautiful! I love the softness of the final image.

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    1. Thank you very much. Hopefully it will set the tone for the book!

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  3. Well, I've read the excerpt and you've got me intrigued, Adria. I want to read more. I deliberately read it before I looked at your cover properly, to see if the two seemed to fit. Well, it's too early to say, really, but I agree with DoingDewey, the softness of the image is great. I love it that the steps lead one upwards and onwards to..... where? Great stuff!

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    1. Thank you! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the excerpt and would like to read more. It is difficult to decide on a cover image... I'm glad to see the initial reader response seems positive :)

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  4. Wow...love it. THANKS for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

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    1. Thanks very much! It's great to get feedback. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  5. Oh I just looooooove how that was done!!! So cool!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca! And thanks so much for pinning :)

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  6. Oh and I forgot to say. . . Thank you for linking up to the Spread the Love Linky Party! I also pinned this!

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  7. The final cover turned out BEAUTIFUL!! :)

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  8. I've always loved your book cover and it's so fun to see the "making of." Your original photo is perfect and the artist did a great job of capturing it in watercolor. Très cool!

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    1. Thank you, Vicki! It's such a difficult decision because it is so subjective... In the end, you just hope that most people at least will want to have a closer look!

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  9. It's a beautiful cover and reflects the mood of the book.

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    1. Thank you very much! It's such a difficult decision... to find an illustration that somehow captures the essence of thousands of words.Thanks for stopping by!

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