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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award part 2 ... 'Conscience' and 'Time Pullers'

    Today, for my Stylish Blogger Award requirements, I will share two more of the seven things about me/about my work.

According to the rules, I am supposed to list seven (7) things about myself and pass the award on to someone else. I passed it to Ginger Nielson's blog, because she is stylish in everything I've seen her do: Ginger Pixels

I also posted about two books, and my experience with them, yesterday: Midnight Hours, by Vivian Gilbert Zabel, and Being Jacob: A Day at the Zoo, by Suzy Koch. If you missed it, I hope you check out the previous post, as well. Especially the book trailers.

One of the two books I plan to feature today, also has a book trailer I created: Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia, by vehoae. And Time Pullers, by Horton Deakins, has a shirt design (and a few other fun items featuring the art work, in the 4RV Zazzle store). First, let's look at Conscience...
Nonfiction - 4RV Publishing

The cover for Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia was one of my easiest covers. After reading the synopsis, I new exactly what I was going to do. The author was a bit apprehensive, only hearing the description, because many Native Americans find the  'feathered Indian' a stereotype, and offensive. But I felt the look I wanted would be more powerful than what vehoae was visualizing. I wanted to show the pain and heart ache that the tribal leaders must have been burdened with, seeing what was happening to their people, their culture. Once vehoae saw my cover, she saw what I had hoped all would see. There have been nothing but positive reviews on the cover. I am glad I went with my own gut on this one. 

Now for one of the wonderful book reviews, stats, and also the book trailer that I designed for vehoae ...

"Scholars familiar with Native American issues will find this volume useful in building a better understanding and knowledge base. Those unfamiliar will find it eye-opening, to say the least."

--Greg Rodgers, prominent Choctaw Storyteller, author of The Ghost of Mingo Creek and Other Spooky Oklahoma Legends

Paperback: 216 pages
Published: January 27, 2011
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982642385
ISBN-13: 978-0982642382
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
The next title ...
Science Fiction - 4RV Publishing

Time Pullers, by Horton Deakins, was an extra special challenge. I needed something abstract, because trying to portray time travel, with no time machine of any kind, was going to be a trick. Especially for me. I don't think in the abstract, very well. I really struggle with it. So, when my first concept crashed and burned (I really wasn't happy with it anymore than either the publisher or author was), I hit my trusty stock image sites. Found about seven abstract designs that I could make work (after a little tweaking in Photoshop), and had them select which one they wanted me to turn into an eye-catching book cover. 

My next challenge was creating a title and by line that wouldn't distract from or disappear into the art work. It had to compliment not only the cover art, but also the story line. With abstract cover art, there is so much room for interpretation, the title style had to add to the visual 'story'. I went with a clean font and added a 'chrome' style. It turned out even better than I expected, because it kinda resembles a horizon or a field, which happens to be in the first scene. I feel it really brightened up the cover, without getting gaudy. Don't you? 

I don't have a trailer to show you, but I do have some products that feature the full art work on the 4RV Zazzle store. Check them out (the T shirt pic should take you to the 4RV store):
Time Pullers T shirts and more at the 4RV Zazzle store.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven

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