Posted by jennifer gibson on Friday, April 26, 2013
As an illustrator and photographer, it's not a surprise that I love colours and designs.  They move me, make me smile and gasp in awe.  Even the most simplistic design can work extremely well.  I'm not necessarily referring to posters, ads or book covers, although I will discuss that in a moment.  Even mother nature can produce gorgeous collaborations by the placement of colourful flowers grouped together or a single tulip against a weather worn barn door.  It can draw your eye to a beautiful subject.  It can have a mesmerizing effect or meditative quality to it. 

During the winter, I love seeing the shadows of the trees against old houses and barns - together they produce a really cool piece of artwork.  In the summer, I like the effect of light shimmering through the petals of the flowers or even the shadow of a fern against a smooth rock.  The fall features a dazzling array of stunning colours as the leaves change and fall to the ground.  Sometimes to get a fresh perspective, I'll look at the water in the pond and watch the ripples as the wind changes the scenery, almost by magic.  I find that it helps to look at the world in a different way, especially when taking pictures of plants.  I'll lean way down, kneeling or even laying flat get to a get a macro perspective of the flower.  It feels like a different world, as if I'm seeing it through the eyes of a ladybug. 

I've been working on the cover for my third novel Destiny and it's nearly complete.  It's an exciting part of my job that has it's unique challenges that keeps me on my toes.  I have so many choices to make from selecting an interesting font, picking a bold colour for the title and name, the softness of the background and a strong focal point.  It can go in many directions when I change one or two things, it's very much like trying to fit all of the pieces of a puzzle together.  It's an amazing accomplishment once it's complete.

My second book Compass is currently being featured in the Creme dé la Cover contest at InD'Tale Magazine. I was genuinely surprised when I was informed that it made it to the finals! The title Compass reflects Jessie's path in life in terms of direction and the overall design is meant to convey a sense of magic woven into the fabric of the story.  It's a clean and simple look that is intriguing enough to make you want to read it without giving away too much information.

If Compass wins, it will help bring in a lot more exposure to my books and my publisher Black Opal Books.  It will put the trilogy series in the spotlight, bring hope to those that need it and inspire many readers. How awesome would that be? If you love the books and the cover, please consider voting for it.

You'll need to register with InD'Tale Magazine, however you can always unsubscribe when the contest is over. Easy Peasy. 
Show your love by nominating Compass! Vote here >

Thank so much for your support, it means the world to me!


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