I've been having a blast with designing--no secret, I know--and I owe a lot of my new business to one person: Sandi Rog. Sandi has been a friend for years, though we've only met in person once. We met through a historical group that shot off from ACFW, focusing on books set in Europe. Became friends. When Jewel of Persia was about ready to debut, I asked Sandi if she would edit it for me, knowing she was a freelance editor. That was, unfortunately, right about the time she discovered she had cancer. She hadn't been diagnosed yet, but the symptoms were appearing. She persevered on that edit and had her best friend (a fellow editor) help out too, because she takes her promises seriously.
Since those days, WhiteFire has published one of Sandi's books, her best friend has become our non-fiction editor, and that simple online friendship has deepened and grown. And Sandi has become one of my most vocal cheerleaders when it comes to my designing. She recommends me to absolutely everyone, and quite a few of those everyones follow her advice. So a big, big thanks to Sandi!
Naturally then, when she asked if I would design a cover for a novella she was working on--the first book she's written since cancer--I said, "Of course!"
And so we got to work. =) The book is set in the late Victorian era and is called Out of the Ashes--those ashes being from the Great Chicago Fire. Sandi described her heroine for me and said she wanted her in a nice dress.
Sometimes I start with a model. But in this case, I knew the tricky part would be clothing, so I actually started with a public domain image of a dress from the correct era.
Then came finding a person to put into the dress. =) As usual, I searched for a bride that fit her heroine's description, since they often have their hair up. I also needed one in a very particular pose, to fit into the dress. I found this one relatively quickly.
Quite a different feel, eh? ;-) Quick substitution, and I got this.
In hunting down other dresses from the era I love, I came across my all-time favorite Worth gown.
Sandi was in love, and so was I. Absolutely adore how this one turned out...even if redesigning that dress did stretch my abilities. =) Feedback thus far has been very positive, and everyone agrees that it screams "Christian historical romance!" which is exactly what we want it to do.
Sandi posted a description of the story here.