Evelyn Chartres Author

Choices, Choices

It’s always nice to have some options! A friend has cleaned up the prototype cover that I made for the Grand. Essentially, she applied her experience and skill to create a more refined cover.

However, she also created an alternate cover. This variant is far simpler and would realistically scale better at different resolutions. Alas, it seems that I am a bit biased, since I made the prototype.

So what do you think? Which is better? Detailed or Outlined? Feel free to post any recommendations on potential changes that could make this cover really pop!

Introducing the Hotel Cover

When Revision 5 was introduced, it brought about a new cover design, which  featured a speakeasy.  The speakeasy was iconic for the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, at least in the United Stated and seemed to be a good fit.

A reader proposed that I use an actual hotel to create the cover.  This idea has merit since the Grand features separate stories that have a common era, theme and location. The Grand is the focal points for all the stories, so it makes sense to pursue that idea.

Fortunately, I had the chance to visit la Ville de Québec which features one of the Railway Grand hotels found through Canada. I used Chateau Frontenac as a base, threw in a backdrop of the Rockies and added a skull rendition that I got from pixabay.com.  The latter was listed is Public Domain, whereas the former where both my shots.

The font itself is YoungSerif found on the fontlibrary.org.  It seems to complement the overall feel of the cover and has an agreeable copyright.

Overall, I think I may have found my eventual release cover.  What do you think?

A Speakeasy Cover

Nothing is quiet as iconic to the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties as a speakeasy.  These were places were people went to drink, dance, smoke and enjoy themselves.  Movies often depicts the classier clip joints as places filled with live bands, cigarette girls and the hedonistic Flapper.

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The cover for the Grand was designed to be temporary.  Sites like Wattpad demanded a cover even if the work was in progress, so I found shots from the era and used them as a cover.  While the cover served admirably, I never owned the rights to the image. Sure it should have been out of copyright,  but such laws are always a bit ambiguous.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit a Speakeasy in Halifax and I took a few shots.  Turns out that one seemed to have some of the elements desired.

To make the cover work I did the following changes:

  • Altered the face and features;
  • Clarified the image to bring out details;
  • Added a series of silhouettes to the background to hide unnecessary detail;
  • Converted the image to look like a watercolour based painting, a theme that was adopted by the Portrait.
  • Filled the glass with blood-red liquid; and
  • Made the models eyes grey, which seems odd and inhuman.

Overall it makes for a cover which is uniquely mine.  While I will likely experiment with other cover designs in the future, this one will at least set my fifth revision apart from the others!