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:

Enid Wilson said...

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

L. Diane Wolfe said...

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

Selim Yeniçeri said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Whelan is an amazing artist!

~Sia McKye~ said...

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

Whelan is amazing.

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Karen Walker said...

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

Johanna Garth said...

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

Johanna Garth said...

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

Matthew MacNish said...

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

L. Diane Wolfe said...

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.

J.L. Campbell said...

The covers are eye-catching indeed.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Awesome covers but I don't like gruesome ones.

Yvonne,.

Clarissa Draper said...

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

Ann Best said...

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

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Clarissa, because sometimes that doesn't happen.

Ann, I liked all the green, too.

Jemi Fraser said...

I love all these covers - so beautiful!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Great covers. I really envy artist people.

bonbon3272 said...

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

Debbie's World of Books said...

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

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Bonnie, thank you!

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

Stephen Tremp said...

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.

Jai Joshi said...

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