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Monday, March 7, 2011

The design is a Catastrophe! ... Carla's Cloud Catastrophe, that is.

   Sometimes, people forget that I am a designer, as well as an illustrator. Believe it or not, that makes me an odd animal, though for the life of me, I don't know why more illustrators are not also designers (especially since many more designers also illustrate -- they can see that their earning potential doubles if you are proficient in both).

During the recent promo at 4RV Publishing, among my many duties as Art Director and VP of Operations, I did the cover design and interior layout for Carla's Cloud Catastrophe by Beth Bence Reinke (Ginger Nielson did the cover art and illustrations -- an amazing artist -- both in skill and pleasure of working with), for both the ARC as well as the final release version. Above, you see what will be the final cover. Below, you see the ARCs cover wrap (see the difference?).

This is the first ARC 4RV has done for a picture book. Most times we do them for MG, YA, Novel, or Non Fiction. This was the first PB, and hopefully not the last. Check out the blurb/trailer:


Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-9828346-0-2
Available May of 2011 (ARCs available now, for book reviewers) 
4RV Publishing

Beth is just as sweet as can be. None of that uppity author attitude ... lol, even though she is an accomplished author. Plus, this is the cutest story. Beth's website is here.

Ginger is a total charm to work with too, and she has madd skills. I had fun making the title look like clouds, to compliment her charming cover art. I love her use of perspective. To check out more of Ginger's work, visit here.

contact Beth Bence Reinke or 4RV Publishing to request an ARC (reviewers only).

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

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  1. You are an amazing artist/designer/friend. I love what you did with your blog and WillowRaven Illustration and Design! You really manage to make us all look good in print!

  2. You are so sweet, Ginger, and very dedicated. Your always they when we need a rush job. And you produce the cutest work.

    You're one of our go-to gals.

  3. It looks great! You and Ginger have done a terrific job on the cover. I enjoy Beth's writing and am sure this will be a wonderful book!

  4. Thanks, Connie.

    Ginger really helped bring out the adorability of Beth's writing. I just did the cloud type ... lol.

    I can honestly say that I have never seen a story like this one.

    Very original.


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