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The Cover Design

The Cover Design

The cover design has been progressing really well and it’s just about there! I’ve been working with the artist, Sebastien Hue, over the past couple of weeks to represent a scene from the book on the cover. I must say, that I’m so excited seeing it come alive in front of my eyes.

Even though Sebastien is in Paris, working with him has been incredibly easy. When he sends a draft through I immediately reply with comments and then he shares his screen so that we can talk through the changes.

So how has the cover materialised? Below are the progress of the sketches to the near final version.

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Rough placement of major character and fortress feature.

The title hasn't been finalised and the characters don't bear any resemblance to the actual characters in the book.

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Cover Illustrator - Sebastien Hue

Cover Illustrator - Sebastien Hue

As I mentioned in a previous blog that over the last few months I’ve been researching for just the right artist to work with for the book cover. I literally viewed thousands and thousands of illustrations by a huge range of artists.

I finally approached a number of illustrators and Sebastien Hue from Shue Digital responded instantly to my enquiry. Sebastien is from Paris and does work for the publisher Harper Collins. I was initially a bit concerned about whether there could be some language problems (I only speak English) but Sebastien’s English is better than mine!

After reaching out on skype I could sense that he was really excited by the project and after reaching an agreement we decided to work together. I thought that I’d showcase a number of Sebastien’s illustrations below as they are absolutely outstanding.

If you want to see more of his artwork then go to http://www.shue-digital.com/

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