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~*~Last week I was in a designing groove, so had some fun with the next WhiteFire historical, due to release in May. Sweet Mountain Music is a really fun story set in the Pacific Northwest in the 1890s. Chloe Williston is determined to make a name for herself as a journalist and earn her father's respect--and thinks the way to do it is to tag along on a handsome naturalist's expedition. His search--for the legendary Great North American ape (a.k.a. Sasquatch or Bigfoot).
In a time when gorillas had just recently been discovered in Africa, the idea of a giant ape in North America was downright reasonable, and I just love the comical voice author Suzie Johnson employs as she combines history and romance with whimsy.
But here was my challenge as a designer--how do I capture the allure of the adventure but also convey the historical era? How do I make it look fun and compelling without crossing over into silly? And how in the world was I to find a model that would let me accomplish all this???
Well, I'd been browsing the stock image sites for a few months, trying various search options until I finally found a model that looked promising.
And Suzie specifically requested a pith helmet. So.
I took a public domain photo of this bustle-era dress:
Definitely the look I was going for--I loved the contrast of the helmet that screamed "Victorian adventure!" with the bustle. The books speak to her ambitions, but also add to the contrast.
Next came the background. I toyed with quite a few before my hubby said, "You need something green. Somewhere where Bigfoot could be hiding." So I searched for leafy pictures of the Cascade range, and this one really worked with my model picture.
and voila. I did the usual dance while trying to find the perfect fonts and frame to offset the title, played with positioning etc. I landed on a combination I liked after just a bit of trial and error.
I just needed one more thing. Purely for fun. =) Something to harken back to that Sasquatch search. Something...something like this.
I have to admit, I loved it as soon as it came together--it felt like "it" to me. So I sent it to Suzie, who agreed that it captured all the elements we wanted to capture. She loved it too, so there we go! The final cover!
While I was at it, I went ahead and built the full cover too. Back copy may yet be tweaked, and that endorsement is obviously a place holder, LOL.
Overall, I gotta say I love how this one turned out--which is all the better because it had me stumped for so long. But you know, for two days' work, this was a lot of fun. Bring on the next, WhiteFire! ;-)