As you'll know from our last blog, the Wilson Doherty team is going to self-publish one of our Young Adult Paranormal stories (THE SUMMONING, Book 1 in the Gatekeepers series). Because we couldn't find any ready-made images that we were happy with for the cover, we searched out an artist on DeviantArt and commissioned him to paint us an original cover. We thought it would be fun to share the development of that cover as it evolves. So here goes - the first installment of Creating the Cover.


Initially, we had a discussion with Scott Purdy, our artist, about what we would like to have on the cover. Though Gatekeepers has a large cast, Janna Jane is the central character in this first book. To limit the complexity of the cover, we opted to have just Janna on the cover, facing down a demon emerging from the gates of hell. Scott then gave us four roughly-sketched thumbnail images to respond to, as follows: 

We wound up selecting elements of each of the sketches which Scott combined into something we were happy with as our cover concept. 

Next stage, color choices. Stay tuned!

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