I think we’re close. Alessandro is a genius, and I don’t get tired to repeat how much I like his work. Maybe a tweak at the landscape… ? Not sure, which probably means it’s perfect as it is.
With Pax’s cover, Alessandro and I are in symbiosis. After having worked so hard for The Priest’s, creating this second cover is proving much simpler. Here’s the second attempt, and I can already say that we are on the right track. I think that the heading should match the one on The Priest, but we are close to the final cover.
Alessandro doesn’t sleep at night, which works great for me since he’s creating some serious art. In the last two or three weeks, we went back and forth talking about what I wanted to be represented on the cover for Pax in the Land of Women. I asked for a mix of ancient ruins and modern buildings, and then I gave him free reins. Fresh from his tablet here is the concept for Ginecea City. Stunning, right?
Alessandro Fiorini, the artist behind The Priest’s cover, is working on the concepts for Pax in the Land of Women, second installation in The Ginecean Chronicles. He sent me the first image a few hours ago, and, as usual, I was extremely happy with his work. What do you think? Isn’t he great?
Sandro is starting to work on Pax’s cover, but he still has some energy to play around with The Priest’s.
The Final Frontier (aka cover # 15)
Sandro fixed few little details out of place (a white spot under Mauricio’s ear, and a juxtaposition line on his neck), and I asked for the sun on the horizon. Roberto doesn’t like the sun centered, he prefers it by the side. Maybe behind the City of Men?
Different font for the title
My final requests are: Sun centered by the side, my name bigger, and the shadow under the title. And then, that’s it!
Without further ado:
The Other Banner
As a personal note, I prefer the first one with the tear (dot of the i) on the other side of the eye. But it is still awesome!
My editor sent me the last three chapters yesterday, blessed the people who work on Mother’s Day Sundays. At the same time, Sandro sent me the final layouts for the cover and the banner. In less than a month so many things have changed in my life, I have cried and laughed. I have felt the whole spectrum of human emotions between pure happiness, and absolute sadness. My family and my writing are the only constant. Here is something that makes me ecstatic.
The Last Cover (to be retouched slightly)
This is lucky number 13!
I like everything, I only asked Sandro to play with the fonts to free Mauricio’s eye.
Getting Closer and Closer!
I like this one better, but I would make the black background bigger to enlarge the title’s font. I also would like to see more of Mauricio’s neck. And probably we have to put back the shadow under my name to make it easier to read at thumbnail size. Or maybe not, I can’t decide.
The Best Banner Ever!
I absolutely love this banner!
When I thought I had decided for the first model, since I disliked the second immediately (who knows why? But such is the human condition: volatile and flimsy at best), Sandro came up with a third option.
The Newest Hunk
He is definitely Mauricio. The pyramid is just there to show how the City of Men will be positioned on the final cover. My name screams “Arabian nights”, and it got to go. And the problem remains about the title. I still don’t like the font. There is also something strange with his hand. I would cut that too.
I like the sepia tone of this second layout. I don’t like the faded shadow on top. I love my name. Still, the name must be BIGGER.
Chocolate is nice too.
I read somewhere that every cover should have a hint of yellow, or blue. Maybe it’s true. I can’t decide. You tell me.
Sandro has just sent me three new layouts. Be the first to take a look, and tell me what do you think!
The New Hunk
I’ll let you judge the model, but I only say that I would like bigger eyes. And I don’t like the font used for my name.
I like my name much better, but I don’t know. I am not convinced, yet.
I still don’t like my name, but I love the title. The only problem I see with the title put there, is that is going to hide the City of Men, but maybe is not such a big deal after all. I also think that the model’s forehead has a primate quality, but mouth and nose, oh my…
One last consideration, I prefer ma man shaved and disheveled, what about you?