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Gaze into my cover art...

I was so happy with the final cover for Turbulence 2: Autopilot Engaged! Here it is side by side with Into the Bermuda Triangle so you can see them together. I built the cover with the screen split three ways: a "sketch" of what I wanted on the left as a reference, the Turbulence 1 cover on the right to ensure they looked like each other, and the Autopilot cover I was working on in the center.
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Instead of trying to make the colors look the same, I contrasted them, picking up the highlight peaches and oranges from cover 1 and making them the main color in cover 2, and using cool green tones as an accent. I also gave Dallas a pale green shirt figuring he'd look (kind of) like he and Paul worked for the same organization.

I hunted for the perfect Dallas model for a really long time. I'm so thrilled with this one. I had Paterson Joseph "cast" as Dallas in my head so I was jazzed to find a model with similar eyes.
Find out more about Turbulence 2 in the June issue of JCP News!

Edit to add: a picture of the "swoosh" behind the series title and a screenshot of the three-up workflow.


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Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
I like the cover for #2. I like that it's got a different colour scheme overall, but as you say, it links back to the other cover in the colour of Dallas's shirt. Nice!

Oh and not trying to make you jealous or anything, but I'm going to the theatre to see the RSC's Julius Caesar next month and Paterson Joseph is playing Brutus. Can't wait!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
DROOL...I love that guy. It will be interesting to see if his screen presence is the same on stage.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
I shall give a full report. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
Another great cover! They look obviously part of the same series without looking identical, so that it's easy differentiate between the books.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 08:25 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you think so! That's just what I was going for.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
I love your covers, and that's saying a lot because generally speaking, I don't like faces on covers. At all. Yours are very well done, though.

Additional comment: Making the Turbulance books free (so far anyway) is a terrific way to stir up interest in your other titles. I did the same thing last month on my blog. I posted a free novella, a chapter every day, and then made it available as a free download. That created interest in my new release, The Blue Paradise, just released.

One cannot overemphasize the value of free. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
I detest naked headless torso covers, personally. Though of course I didn't take your comment to mean that you liked or preferred naked headless torsos, just what you said specifically, that you don't usually like faces. So maybe you like a cityscape or some expressive typography instead.

Free can be a double-edged sword. Many readers devalue free. Many writers give away their shoddy stories that they can't sell as freebies. I think if a writer wants new readers to sample and bond with them, they have to give away A-game material. The bigger your backlist, the more useful it is to try to entice a new readership this way.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 10:19 am (UTC)
I gave away something I could have sold. I was planning to sell it actually, but I wanted to thank my readers for their support and also get some immediate feedback. Creating additional interest in my backlist was an added bonus.

Naked torsos? Ugh! Hate them with a passion. They look so stupid on a cover. I find I'm also really tired of guys staring into the camera with a stupid smile on their face and arms folded across their manly chests (to make their muscles bulge, no doubt).

I like landscapes or photo manips for my covers. I'm a photographer, and getting to use one of my pictures is a rush.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
That these are in the same series is easy to see at first glance. Even with the different colors and such, the style is distinguishable.

The white "splash" above the L in Turbulence, what is that? I like that it's a small consistency with both books. And was it on purpose that the same tiny amount of each character's head is overlapped by Price? Can't explain why but I really like the similarity there. I'm just being strange. Don't mind me. XD

Thank you for the free read! I really shouldn't try to do anything before having my coffee. I screwed things up by downloading the first one again and couldn't figure out why it looked familiar. *rolls eyes at self*
Jun. 23rd, 2012 11:00 am (UTC)
The white splash is an abstract lighting effect layer behind the word Turbulence. I had debated whether to do a similar-but-different effect on every cover or leave it the same, and decided that it would unify the covers and create a sort of logo if they were all the same...so I'm really chuffed you noticed it, since I thought about it for a while! I'll see if I can add a pic of it alone in the main post.

The head overlap was deliberate too - you have a very discerning eye!

I linked my newsletter to the wrong page, which probably has something to do with it...there always seems to be an Easter Egg of something I didn't really mean to do in that darn newsletter. However it seems a lot of people are downloading both stories today, so I guess they didn't hear about the series last month or just didn't get around to it.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
My major in college was Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising. That might be why I noticed these things. It's always the little things that most people don't consciously notice but it's there in the background that lays the ground work for similarities. Great job, Jordan! ^__^

ETA: Oh! And I really like the gradient black you added to the top and bottom of the cover. It really adds a dramatic flair to it. Another of the subtle things that doesn't stand out on its own until you see the before and after pictures. Thanks for the insight into how you make your covers :)

Edited at 2012-06-23 03:47 pm (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
This is probably the most subtle thing I did to the Dallas cover that I think I got the most mileage from: I made the yellow lighting from the background spill into the highlights of his forehead. With that, I totally "bought" that he belonged on that background, which I chose specifically for the direction of the light source.

It makes me crazy when cover designers composite elements with totally different light sources and do nothing to at least kind of try to make them look similarly-lit.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
*gives Jordan standing ovation*


Jun. 23rd, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
How do you have time to design these lovely covers as well as write? No, don't answer, I shall only feel inferior ;-p
Jun. 23rd, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! It's my day job now, so that's where the time comes from. It's actually a little harder for me to carve out time for the rest of my life, but I think I'm getting better at that lately.
Amanda Corlies
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
So beautiful. And I don't just mean Dallas. I love the colors and they way the two covers compliment each other. Nice work, Jordan. Off to buy my book. Woot!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was so happy when I saw the orange pop next to that green, I knew it was right. (But holy hell, Dallas is beautiful. Mrow.)
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