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Saturday, August 30, 2014

TERRA RISING: BY RIGHT OF ARMS ~ cover art & design for sci-fi novel by JT Buckley (@AuthorJTBuckley)


The above series logo, created for the sci-fi book series, TERRA RISING, I know, wasn't what JT (@AuthorJTBuckley) had in his head (subdued silver, like a military badge, a starburst with an infinity symbol on top, with a sword thrust up through the starburst). Luckily, he loved my interpretation of his concept. 

I think he had more of a military patch in mind. Thinking that didn't follow the plot well enough, I extrapolated. 😇

I studied several Marine badges from different countries and somehow this popped into my head ... looking NOTHING like the badges I was looking at. 💂 

I've never claimed to know how my brain works, so don't ask. 😵

The Confederated Nations of Terra receive a shocking distress signal from out of system. Captain Aaron Richardson and the crew of the TNS Intrepid are horrified at what they find after responding to the distress call from Earth’s closest celestial neighbor, Alpha Centauri. What they discover launches them into a new universe of political and military intrigue. Using ancient legends, they forge Earth’s position in the Principean Empire and discover the secrets of Earth’s distant past. Thwarted at every turn by pirates, they must fight a race of aliens who are intent on killing all humans and destroying the Earth. Unable to do it alone, they must seek assistance of new allies to save their home. 

BRoA is actually a second edition. If you happen to have the first version, make sure to get this version, too. If I understand it right, editing and revisions were made to the text, making it a cleaner, more enjoyable reading experience. Besides ... Who wouldn't want the new cover? 😜


REVIEWS:


"Devotees of old style space adventure should like this novel." - Piers Anthony

 ~

BY RIGHT OF ARMS, by J. T. Buckley, is a well-plotted action novel set in the future when space travel, trade, and war are common. Mr. Buckley has an easy-to-read style that helps the reader deal with the many different celestial locations, empires, and space pirates. This book is interesting and well worth reading.-- Judge, 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards.


*UPDATE: By Right of Arms is available on Amazon. But if you want a signed copy, reach out to the author on Twitter, @AuthorJTBuckley. Tell him @WillowRaven sent you. 😀







Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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Monday, August 25, 2014

'Blood & Steel: A Love Story' ~ cover art and design

 JT Buckley and I follow each other on Twitter (@AuthorJTBuckley). I have the honor of working with him on two book covers. This is one of them ...

The plague of murders across every major city in the world has drawn Vampire Hunter, Rick Smythe, back to LA in search of his parentsmurderer. The orphaned Rick grew up in the streets, learning skills that he would need to track and destroy his nemesis. In LA he meets Saria, a social worker with a dark, dangerous secret. Nickolea, Saria’s vicious ex-lover, plans Rick’s demise to incapacitate her. When Rick is mortally wounded, Saria’s secret is revealed. To survive, they must hunt down the people they hate the most and bring them to justice. They soon find themselves on the edge of a war that could destroy the world as they know it.

~

As with all of my authors, JT presented me with a fun challenge ... Create a bleeding, steel rose, lit by a single spotlight. Sounds fairly simple, right?

:|
The real trick was making red blood show up on a black floor, in a black room, with only one light source. It took a bit of fiddlin', but this is the result.






Onto wrapping up the next book :D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

http://WillowRaven.weebly.com


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to orbit text around an object in Photoshop ~ tutorial

The sample used for this tutorial is actually a rejected draft. *Read why it was rejected at the end of the tutorial. You can read the blurb and see the final cover created for Poems of Universal Love, by Anne Korhonen, scheduled for release in 2015, in this blog post: 'Poems of Universal Love' ~ cover art and design

After spending hours trying to find an online tutorial on how to visually imply text orbiting around an object in Adobe Photoshop (CS5.5), and only seeing posts and tuts for other programs, like Illustrator or After Effects (neither of which I feel even remotely proficient in), I sat down and just figured it out, myself.

Because I saw so many other people also trying to find the same information on forums and 'answer' sites, I thought, maybe I could share how I did it, at least well enough that it can guide someone else how to figure it out the best approach for themselves, and also so I wouldn't forget how I did it, lol.
  1. Create a shape on its own layer. I started with a heart-shaped Earth. This project was commissioned for a poetry book cover, and the author wanted a heart-shaped Earth as the main focus, but any shape will do.
  2. Decide what font you wish to use and type the desired letters onto a new layer on top of the shape.
  3. Use the 'create warped text' tool, and choose the arch style. I started with -50 and tweaked from there. This will be the 'front' of the orbiting text. 
  4.  Next, duplicate the text layer. Flip it horizontally under the edit/transform tab. Then under 'create warped text' tool, set the arch to positive rather than negative. Then drag the layer behind the shape you are working with. 
  5. You will notice the alignment is screwy at this point, but from here, you just sorta play with the scale, angle, and placement of each text layer until it looks right for your shape. For me, the 'back' text is above and slightly smaller than the front text and slightly angled to the right, to give the illusion of rotation. I made all of the tweaking adjustments with the transform tool and the move tool adjusting width, height and angle in tiny increments, so I can't really give exact amounts. Just eyeball it and play around. Every shape and font will have different needs.

* Even though the author found the orbiting text a cool concept, note how the reversed 'rsal', at the top of the heart, resembles the year '1627'.  For this reason, not all text will work as orbiting text. One possible solution would be to lessen the degree of warp, so odd areas are hidden. In most cases, however, the likelihood of a particular set of letters resembling a number is rare, purely coincidental in this instance.

Hope someone finds this helpful. Leave me a comment if you do. :D






Onto wrapping up the next book :D

Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven

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