When it comes to the cover image for Path of the Stray (Quantum Encryption Book 1), I’m one happy author. We landed Aaron Briggs as illustrator for this series, a 3D animator who has worked on films such as Australia (the bomb scene) Daybreakers (the bat-vamps) and Sea Monsters (plesiosaurs and imnotsureosaurs). More recently he filmed, directed, edited and animated Parkway Drive’s Sleepwalker. Normally he’s hard to get a hold of, let alone commission, but I had an in. He’s my son. The journey’s been amazing. I’ve had a lot more ‘look-ins’ at the progress, from rough to finish, but mostly I let Aaron, Stephanie and the HarperCollins art department do their magic. Aaron knows the story, inside and out. He’s my alpha reader for this series!
Aaron’s comments on Path of the Stray cover illustration:
I used a combination of hand painting, photo manipulation and 3D modelling to rough out the general composition. Once HC was happy with that, the real painting started to take shape by painting over the top of the rough to get a unified look. There were some last minute changes including additional Australian flora. At one point I flipped the image to check the balance and realised the eye followed the path better that way so it stuck. I’m please with the results and surprised how much I’ve enjoyed doing book covers. It was my first venture into 2D. Right now I’m starting on the rough for Kim’s next book, Road to the Soul.
Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment trilogy: The Spell of Rosette, Arrows of Time, Strange Attractors. You can meet her during August at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. See the news and events page for details and watch this space for more posts from Kim!