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Behind the Scenes – Requiem In Red

A cover for Barking Rain Press.  This is the sequel to Eine Kleine Murder by Kaye George. (Note that the publisher’s version of the cover is slightly different, and I modeled the sequel cover’s border around the main image after their version). For this cover, the publisher wanted to convey the dark mood of the book, along with a hint at the musical themes involved. They provided a couple possible background images and ideas, which I then put together in a rough comp. I also found the music sheets (part of one larger image of multiple music sheets, which I cut-and-pasted, and then used Photoshop CS6’s warp tool in order to place them in varying positions). I also added the conductor’s baton in the hand of the statue, made it look like the baton was the same material as the statue, and added the directional shadow. The goal was to have everything fit together smoothly.

Afterwards, the publisher asked about adding a church in the background, behind the woman’s statue. So I placed the church (careful to get the size and placement in the image right so that it looked like it was in the background), blurred the background around the statue a bit for a focal effect, added more now to the steeple, and also played with the darker sky from the church image.

This is the result:

SBibb - Requiem In Red - Book Cover

SBibb - Requiem In Red - Wrap-Around Book Cover
Stock images from Shutterstock:

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=101040352 – musical background

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=22681549 – graveyard

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=15224833 – baton

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=22723609 – music sheets

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-22681552/stock-photo-village-church-in-snow-czech-republic.html – church

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Cover Reveal – Eine Kleine Murder

 

 

This is a cover for Barking Rain Press.

 

You can find information about the book here: http://www.barkingrainpress.org/products/eine-kleine-murder/

 

Stock from Shutterstock:

 

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-8152831/stock-photo-music-with-antiqued-finish.html?src=lb-17693636
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-70536322/stock-photo-black-ink-spill-near-red-pen-on-table.html?src=lb-17693636
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-127477826/stock-photo-conductor-s-baton-and-music-score.html?src=lb-17693636
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-114364699/stock-photo-vintage-heart-chain-locket.html?src=lb-17693636
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-58387336/stock-photo-open-bottle-of-red-ink-isolated-on-white.html?src=lb-17693636

 

Photoshop CS6.

SBibb - Eine Kleine Murder Cover

 

For this cover, the Photoshop puppet warp tool came in extremely handy. If you want to know what I mean, take a look at the stock photos, the locket in particular. That chain was straight when I started, but I wanted it to curve around the baton, as if it were laying against a table. Yay for photoshop. Also applied various filters and did overlay for dodging and burning, and even added in the shadows on the inkwell. 🙂

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