May 22, 2014

Cover Creation Process & Cover Reveal - The Summer Sacrifice



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Book Description: Three hundred years ago, the Great Goddess sent a storm to destroy mankind. She nearly succeeded. One island survived. These days, the Goddess stops the spread of evil by sacrificing the Island’s rotten teenage souls. Or so the story goes... . When Jamie Tuff survives her Taking, she thinks her worst nightmares are behind her. But then her soul starts wandering into other people’s bodies, and she discovers that the Island harbours a deadly secret. Now, she must save her little world from a fate worse than—well, worse than what the Goddess has already done to it. Join Jamie Tuff and friends on their adventures through land, sea and sky, in a world where stars walk and Halfhawks fly.
THREE HUNDRED YEARS AGO,
THE GREAT GODDESS SENT A
STORM TO DESTROY MANKIND.
SHE NEARLY SUCCEEDED.
ONE ISLAND SURVIVED.
These days, the Goddess stops the spread of evil by sacrificing the Island’s rotten teenage souls.

Or so the story goes…

When Jamie Tuff survives her Taking she thinks her worst nightmares are behind her. But then her soul starts wandering into other people’s bodies, and she discovers that the Island harbours a deadly secret.

Now, Jamie must save her little world from a fate worse than—well, worse than what the Goddess has already done to it.

Join Jamie Tuff and friends on their adventures through land, sea and sky, in a world where stars walk and Halfhawks fly. 

“Read this book! You is not going to be disappointed, as us  Ticklers is in it, and we is good.”

—Sam O’ Brady, Head Braintickler.
The Summer Sacrifice will have its book launch on June 21st, 2014. That’s the day of the Summer Solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and the day of the Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere. Save the date. Until then, check back for blog articles and updates!
THREE HUNDRED YEARS AGO,
THE GREAT GODDESS SENT A
STORM TO DESTROY MANKIND.
SHE NEARLY SUCCEEDED.
ONE ISLAND SURVIVED.
These days, the Goddess stops the spread of evil
by sacrificing the Island’s rotten teenage souls.
Or so the story goes…
When Jamie Tuff survives her Taking she thinks her
worst nightmares are behind her. But then her soul
starts wandering into other people’s bodies, and she
discovers that the Island harbours a deadly secret.
Now, Jamie must save her little world from a fate
worse than—well, worse than what the Goddess
has already done to it.
Join Jamie Tuff and friends on their adventures
through land, sea and sky, in a world where stars walk
and Halfhawks fly.
“Read this book! You is not going to be disappointed, as us
Ticklers is in it, and we is good.”
—Sam O’ Brady, Head Braintickler.
The Summer Sacrifice will have its book launch on June 21st, 2014. That’s the day of the Summer Solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and the day of the Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere. Save the date. Until then, check back for blog articles and updates!
- See more at: http://www.hollyhinton.com/the-summer-sacrifice-2/#sthash.bNWNphGO.dpuf
Today we are excited to share the cover process via images and the final cover for the middle grade fantasy The Summer Sacrifice by Holly Hinton.  The book is scheduled for release on June 21st, 2014.
The cover artist has provided us with the images to show the process of creating the cover.
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These three concept images were the first pictures David created for The Summer Sacrifice. Thumbnail A evoked the atmosphere of a mysterious fantasy, B gave the impression of a teenage classic, and C was more poetic in tone. Holly settled on a mixture of A and B as the basis for David to start constructing the final cover.
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These drawings were 'speed-painted' by David. They are rough in nature as their purpose was to help decide the cover's general colour scheme.
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David drew a detailed sketch of the friendship group. He used this as a guide for the final painting of the group on the cover. He kept the 'camera' low, almost on the floor, to make the characters look more heroic and the serpent bonfire bigger. He worked to get a sense of wind into the image to give it an outdoor feeling and to add dynamism, and also to break up the composition's symmetry.
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David paid great attention to working out the many light sources in the painting, and particularly how they would interact with the faces and bodies of the five central characters. There is a strong backlight from the fire, a mix of bounced lights from the environment, and diffuse bluish light from the sky.
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This version of the cover is close to the final one. The serpent and the title still required small changes, and David also did some other general polishing, including painting the moon's glow onto the vines and leaves framing the picture, and adding the stars.
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This screenshot shows the front, back and spine of the cover from inside Krita, the open-source software David uses to create his work.
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The final cover for the paperback.
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The final cover for the ebook.


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About the Cover Designer:

David Revoy (nickname Deevad), is a french artist living in the south of France. He has more than 10 years of experience working remotely as a freelancer. His skills and expertise includes illustration, art-direction, concept-art and teaching. In short: he's a 2D artist (he uses drawing, painting, digital painting techniques) and paints custom artworks for books, posters, board-games, video-games and movies. His clients are located all around the world.

Since 2009 he has painted using only free and open-source software. He uses Krita, Mypaint, and Gimp on Linux. This technical choice doesn't affect compatibility with his clients: he still provides industry standards and can work or open any regular files.
He can be followed on Google+TwitterTumblr or deviantArt.


About the Author:



hollyHolly grew up in a small, sleepy village in Suffolk. The acting bug hit her at age nine, when she was asked to play Baboushka in the school nativity. That same year she played the lead role of a naughty black poodle in a pet parlour themed ballet, and she thought she had made it. Years passed, but the acting bug didn’t. She went to Goldsmiths, University of London to study Drama, after which she completed her actor training at Arts Ed.
Writing a book was never part of the plan. But life’s full of swerves and surprises and ideas
England’s Jurassic Coast is a thing of wonder. But it has always seemed to me that Dancing Ledge has a particular kind of magic. One day, after a brief (and wet) visit to the Ledge, an image popped into my head.
I saw a large gang of teenagers dancing their hearts out on Dancing Ledge. Only in my head the Ledge was much, much bigger. And as they danced the greatest dance of their lives, some of them were falling into the water and drowning.
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What compelled me to see an underage, open-roofed night out gone so wrong is anyone’s guess, but from that day on all I could think about was why this was happening to those thirteen-year-olds. (I knew how old they were even then.) I had to solve the mystery. And I’ve spent the last few years doing just that. Luckily for me, Jamie Tuff flew into my brain shortly after the image did, and she has been helping me through it.
The Summer Sacrifice will have its book launch on June 21st, 2014. That’s the day of the Summer Solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and the day of the Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere. Save the date. Until then, check back for blog articles and updates!
- See more at: http://www.hollyhinton.com/about/#sthash.uvy21ROs.dpuf
dropping into people’s heads. Holly had an idea drop into hers, and that idea became The Summer Sacrifice, and The Summer Sacrifice became the first book of the Master Game Series.

England’s Jurassic Coast is a thing of wonder. But it has always seemed to me that Dancing Ledge has a particular kind of magic. One day, after a brief (and wet) visit to the Ledge, an image popped into my head.

I saw a large gang of teenagers dancing their hearts out on Dancing Ledge. Only in my head the Ledge was much, much bigger. And as they danced the greatest dance of their lives, some of them were falling into the water and drowning.

What compelled me to see an underage, open-roofed night out gone so wrong is anyone’s guess, but from that day on all I could think about was why this was happening to those thirteen-year-olds. (I knew how old they were even then.) I had to solve the mystery. And I’ve spent the last few years doing just that. Luckily for me, Jamie Tuff flew into my brain shortly after the image did, and she has been helping me through it.

The Summer Sacrifice will have its book launch on June 21st, 2014. That’s the day of the Summer Solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and the day of the Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere. Save the date. Until then, check back for blog articles and updates!

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