Monday, March 05, 2012

Creating Characters and Book Cover Love

A special person I’ve gotten to know over the years through Book ‘Em is Bonnie Watson. She’s the author of the Blue Moon Trilogy (Books 1 and 2 are now available) and she’s an amazing artist. She designed the cover art for her books and also works as a freelance graphics designer. And she’s a musician! You can see her work at her website, WISDOM NOVELS

Bonnie invited me to do a guest post on her blog about the creation of my characters in The Circle of Friends and do I have a favorite? Her blog SCRIBBLES is located HERE

Bonnie’s covers are beautiful. I’ve always preferred rich artwork on fiction books. Before you go visit Bonnie, take a look at these gorgeous covers:

I have the full, framed artwork of this one on my wall - just love this cover.

This is the cover of the book in my boxed set. Such a shame they changed them.

Book for the role playing game Call of Cthulhu.

Yes, I do like my own covers! This one is the most gorgeous...


I loved the covers of Richard Scarry's books when I was little. Simple but detailed and with so much going on.

I love Michael Whelan's covers...

And McCaffrey's books! This one featured a simple but lovely painting.

This one shows a real sense of characters in the little Fuzzies.
If you’d like to know from where my characters originated and meet the talented and bubbly Bonnie, please visit SCRIBBLES

22 comments:

  1. I hate covers with men or women's heads chopped. The illustrated covers you've here are lovely. I like the Caslight one best, mystery and dark.

    The Spinster’s Vow

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  2. Enid, I do too! Seems it's the current style of YA covers but I just hate it. I've dubbed it 'body parts.'

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  3. AWWWEEESOME covers! We have lots of technical stuff thanks to computer technology, but I still LOVE handmade illustrations. Congrats!

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  4. Whelan is an amazing artist!

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  5. I LOVE all of McCaffrey's covers. She had some cool ones for Crystal Singer too.

    Whelan is amazing.

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  6. These are awesome covers, including your very own, Diane. Covers are so important to draw a reader into opening the book in the first place.
    Karen

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  7. Nice artwork! And I agree with you about Richard Scarry.

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  8. Nice artwork! And I agree with you about Richard Scarry.

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  9. Whoa! I had no idea Anne McCaffrey wrote books without Dragons.

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  10. Sia, Whelan did almost all of her original covers. The newer ones aren't as good.

    Thank you, Karen. I know I'm biased.

    Matthew, she did a lot of science fiction outside of her Pern series and quite a few women's contemporaries. And yes, I've read them all.

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  11. The covers are eye-catching indeed.

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  12. Awesome covers but I don't like gruesome ones.

    Yvonne,.

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  13. Some of those covers are really cool. I love it when the characters match the ones pictured on the cover.

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  14. These are incredible covers, Diane. I love every one of them! My daughter's favorite is Fuzzy Sapiens, because...of all the GREEN. And the orange across the top - perfect contrast. Very impressive.
    Ann Best, Memoir Author of In the Mirror & Imprisoned

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  15. Clarissa, because sometimes that doesn't happen.

    Ann, I liked all the green, too.

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  16. I love all these covers - so beautiful!

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  17. Great covers. I really envy artist people.

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  18. Thanks for being a my featured guest and mentioning my book cover. Have a great week!

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  19. Great covers! Ahhh, brings back memories of all the Anne McCaffrey books.

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  20. Bonnie, thank you!

    Debbie, I know. Really sad she's gone.

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  21. Thanks for introducing us to Bonnie! She's amazing with her artwork. Covers are so important and people do indeed judge a book by its cover.

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  22. Fabulous! I'm going to go check out your guest post now.

    And that cover for the Horse and his Boy is great. I loved that book even though most people don't pay much attention to that one in the series.

    Jai

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