I have to admit, while in the independent publishing world it seems much easier and less expensive to photoshop an image and run with it, both Libertad and I find it very difficult to find artwork that meets our vision for a cover.
We knew we wanted something simple, but also something that didn’t give a false impress of what the book offers(such as whitewashing, as many authors backed by a publishing house are often forced to do).
The plot focuses on a teenager who discovers he comes from a race of time manipulators and travelers, and that a great source of his power comes from bonding with an aboriginal of his birth land. This relationship is anything they wish it to be, and is not always a romantic one. However he has bonded with a woman who in our eyes, would not share his race in terms of color. It matters not to the plot, but it’s supposed to showcase how different other worlds view race outside of our own.
So we’ve been working with a digital artist we’ve commissioned through deviantart for only a few weeks, and he’s already come up with four drafts for our cover art.
The first one is the most recent he’s given us. I have to say I dont like it as much as the image with the black background .The third image needed adjustment because the palm of the female’s hand was too dark. It didn’t look real to me. The image with the black background was just a second rough draft, and I know it wasn’t in any ways complete. But I did like it the best out of the four. The last image is the first, but we had to X that one, because we decided when we learned more about white washing on covers, that sometimes the world misinterprets an interracial cover. Since we decided not to go with people, the character’s symbol on their wrists was of a greater importance than showing their faces for the first book. Maybe if there was some ounce of success with the first book, it could open a door to a cover with faces on it. But until then, this seemed appropriate enough.
But I’m more curious to what others think. :p