Thursday, July 01, 2010

Sam, you made the cover too white



Yes, yes, the book is by yours truly, in a new version published by Warbrooke Publishers Ltd., but when the cover proof was sent to me, it looked more like a basement job than a professional rendering. Too much white, and sort of woodcut black for the picture.
Difficult for a guy with not too much graphic sense.
Well, an editor did tell me once, that difficulties create art.

Never mind that, I said to my techie, who, besides being computer whiz, knows something about page art.

"You need colour, Ivan. Colour. Either put a box around your illustration, in colour or even add a bit of colour to the woman's hair...Need colour. Anywhere.

Well, thank God I didn't let the book go with a cover like that.

Gotta do some thinking. And drinking. And even seeking advice.

How about it, all you graphic artists out there. Any ideas?

32 comments:

Middle Ditch said...

I quite like it Ivan but then I do like black and white and I'm not a graphic artist. Mind you the idea of a little colour in the woman's hair does sound appealing. Go for it.

Many congratulations my friend

Mona said...

The sketch is better as B&W. You can add colour to the background!

Mona said...

I am enjoying the details about the city, because Richmond hill is where my brother lives :)

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Monique,

Thanks. I think you're right.

I see you're getting a huge response to your radio play, Middle Ditch. Keep up the fight!

Meanwhile, I have put a play version of The Fire in Brandford into the hands of a second local stage producer...I did meet him once. The personalities did not click.

ivan said...

Mona,

BG colour sounds good.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Mona's brother in our bailiwick.

What welcome news!

Charles Gramlich said...

Art is definitely not my strong suite.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Au Contraire, Charles.

Your own book covers are lovely.

As for Art, why do I suffer for the fuggin' guy!

Mona said...

I read your 'manuscript' last evening.

Yes, he does , & his office is on Younge Street too.

Search www.pentacan.com

He is the president of the company

Mona said...

One question... Is the name Celia dropped in at some places in the name of Lana , a deliberate exercise or a typo?

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Mona,

The proofreader at the publisher's caught the same mistake.

It seems that for some reason, I dropped the name Celia for my anti-heroine, because it sounded too much like the real
person for that character.
So I chose to use Lana throughout.
So it was not a typo. Just a mistake. It had to be Lana, consistent throughout. Ha. as in the song, "Celia's gone, one more round." :)
I meant Lana in every instance and told my editor it should stay Lana, as if written in stone.
In fact, my book is now being set in stone, but with toa\day's technology, those Flintstone methods of hot lead, chase and stone are gone.
All offset printing now.

...And I hope I can steal some colour from another press run to maybe highlight Lana's hair in the cover design.

Take care.

PS:
That is so cool, for your brother.

The only thing I have been "president" of is the Entertainment Committee at RCAF Station Beausejour, Manitoba...Was in the Air Force. I was a fair speaker and somewhat fast guitar player....I would use my own band for the entertainment income. :)

PPS,

Be thoroughly honest in any review you might write on The Fire in Bradford...I like to think that I am a big boy and can take any criticism.

ivan said...

PPPS to Mona,

There is still a little time to maybe get a review, or part of a review on the back of my book.

I know ChuckerCanuck, a political blogger is doing a review as well, but I don't know when he will have it in.

Mona said...

Ivan, I have posted a review. You can invite your friends for a read

Middle Ditch said...

Thanks Ivan and good luck with the play. You deserve it.


AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Monique (Middle Ditch)-- also Melanie Lane, of Vancouver, and John Dowson.

Thank you so much for the birthday greeting... It seems that I am alreade senile as I can't access Middle Ditch or Melania Lane on facebook. I can't understand what the hell faceebook is trying to tell me, since I forgot my password...New password just won't take.

But thanks to all, re birhday greetings.

Ivan

JR's Thumbprints said...

Well Ivan, from the looks of the cover I'd say it's a classic romance novel. How about black and ivory? Or perhaps a hot-tub scene. I'd also put an ad on the inside back cover - how about an Oasis cigarette spread?

JR's Thumbprints said...

BTW, Happy B-day Ivan!

JR's Thumbprints said...

Hey Ivan, why are you calling me Mona? Water down your drink there good buddy, I'm a dude!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Jim,

I get all you references...For instance, one day I just had to lift and reproducde in my blog that photo of you immersing yourself, illegally, your vacationing neighbour's hot tub....I've heard of highjackers, but when JR does it, he "steals" an entire hot tub!

On my cover: Come to think of it, it does sort of look like a classical romance cover, maybe even a little dated.

I had originally planned to use a photo of Marlene Dietrich, from The Professor and the Blue Angel.

But by the time my novel ended it was more like The Prokopchuk and the Meth Freak. :)

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

JR,

Whoops. In your blog, I was commenting on Mona's comment and not addressing you.
At least that's what I thought I was doing... Like my grandma, how do I know what I mean until I see what I've written? :)

Yeah. I should cut back on the
vodka a bit.

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes.

(Maybe I'm getting old timer's disease early)
Can't be that senile though, I have obviously not picked up the careful ways of a codger. Durn careless, in fact, especially when I comment. :)

TomCat said...

Ivan, I'm no graphic artist, but I played with it a bit and emailed you the result.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

TomCat,

Your redesigne book cover of my tome, The Fire in Bradford looks teriffic. I will put it up in my next blog. Good job!

TomCat said...

I'm pleased that you like it. I tried to capture the repression of the characters in the cool blue field around the title and their passion with the background.

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