Riptide’s 4th Anniversary Celebration with @lc_chase @RiptideBooks

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Thank you for joining Riptide on our 4th Anniversary blog tour! We are excited to bring you new guest posts from our authors and a behind the scenes insights from Riptide. The full tour schedule can be found at http://riptidepublishing.com/events/tours/riptides-4th-anniversary-celebration. Don’t miss the limited time discounts and Free Books for a Year giveaway at the end of this post!

Please welcome L.C. Chase to the tour.

They’re All My Faves

by L.C. Chase

One the hardest and most common questions I get as a cover artist is, “What is your favorite cover?” It’s an impossible question to answer, at least for me. Every cover I’ve done is my favorite for one reason or another. It could be one that came together seamlessly, or one where I’d applied a new photoshop plug-in, action script, or filter recently discovered; one that fought me every step of the way but turned out brilliantly in the end, or one where the author and I bounced concepts back and forth to come up with something unique and eye catching. Sometimes it’s simply the overall tone and emotion a cover invokes, after all the pieces are in place. Ultimately, I think what makes a cover my favorite is the author’s response. Nothing makes me happier than a happy author. 

Since this is a post about cover art, I’d be remiss not to include a cover or two. In absolutely no particular order of preference, and only a small sample of my multitude of favorites, each of these covers includes an element I love . . .

Playing the Fool (series) – The covers for this series were designed at the same time, which I think helps a great deal when going for a cohesive look. The authors were looking for something conceptual and stylistic that would carry across the series, and I thought red would be a nice bold color to catch the eye. To avoid a solid red background, I added a textured filter, and then used a photoshop brush to splash a subtle. I love the boldness and consistency of these covers, along with the hint of humor in the font.

LC Chase Cover Art Playing the Fool

 

A Fortunate Blizzard – I admit to some bias on this one, being it’s for my upcoming holiday romance novel. This is one where the overall tone speaks to me. I wanted a cover that clearly said heartfelt romance, and needed an image that was sweet, loving, touching. The photo of the couple came from one of photographer Jenn LeBlanc’s photo shoots, and was actually part of her historical collection. A little fading, and little composition shifting, and voila, contemporary! I added several overlays with snowflakes, blizzard filters, and abstract bokehs, to achieve a somewhat dreamlike quality. At least that was my intention, and what makes me happy, so here’s hoping.

LC Chase Cover Art Fortunate Blizzard

 

Rock N Soul – This was one of those covers where a single image jumped at me and yelled, “I’m it!” I had to use this image, so I was really happy the author was on board too. The challenge was how to depict a ghost, who is a main character in the story, without simply superimposing him subtly in the background. I made a layer with a large watercolor brush stroke in black, masked it, then copied the original image layer, and pasted it inside the brush stroke. At that point the rock star was only visible within that area. On a new layer behind I placed the full image of the rock star, screened back the transparency, added filters, and also added effects to the edges of the brush mark portion. My goal was for the rock star to appear partially corporeal and partially spectral.

LC Chase Cover Art Rock N Soul

 

Panopolis (series) – These covers were a lot of fun to put together. Partly because the main characters are supervillians and the blurbs sounded intriguing, and partly because I got to venture into graphic novel (ish) territory. I’d also just learned a high contrast / grunge effects technique that adds a bit more grittiness, and felt these were the perfect genre to use it on. The titles also needed to convey the genre, so I spent some time searching Marvel comics, graphic novels, superhero movies, etc., to get a good feel for the general style. Since both books were plays on fire, I added a bit of the burning embers to the text. Again, I was really happy how the covers turned out.

LC Chase Cover Art Panopolis

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About L.C.

Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic, free spirit, and adventure seeker who loves hitting the open road just to see where it takes her. After a decade of traveling three continents, she now calls the Canadian west coast home. When not writing sensual tales of beautiful men falling in love, she can be found designing book covers with said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged roommate.

L.C. is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Pickup Men and Pulling Leather; an EPIC eBook Awards winner for Pickup Men; an EPIC eBook Awards finalist for Let It Ride and Long Tall Drink; Bisexual Book Awards finalist for Let It Ride; and an Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards finalist. She also won an honorable mention in the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.

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31 Comments

  1. Trix

     /  October 3, 2015

    This is the most in-depth cover art post I’ve read in ages–very cool to learn about all this!

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  2. Shirley Ann Speakman

     /  October 3, 2015

    Great post I’ve always wanted to know how cover artists picked the covers. It’s amazing how much work goes into a cover.

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  3. kp

     /  October 3, 2015

    Such beautiful covers!

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  4. Allison Whidden

     /  October 3, 2015

    I love the Riptide covers. It is one of the things I think sets Riptide apart from other indie publishing houses.

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  5. I am an admitted cover whore >.> Love your covers!!

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  6. Jennifer

     /  October 3, 2015

    So many of these books are on my wishlist! Thanks for the chance!

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  7. I found this post surprisingly interesting since I’m not artsy in any way. I especially like the use of real photos manipulated into looking like artwork instead of photos.

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  8. suze294

     /  October 3, 2015

    I do enjoy the Playing the Fool covers, for a fairly simple look they definitely make you think.
    I enjoy reading how they come together – sometimes so totally different from the original photo and others so similar.
    I second Allison’s comment about Riptide covers – always pop out!

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  9. Very interesting to read about the cover art for books 🙂

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  10. Ana

     /  October 3, 2015

    I have to say that the cover it’s usualy one of the things that atract me most on a book. Sometimes if the cover is atractive enough i go and read the book descriptions. I think its amazing how some of them give so much to a book.

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  11. Michelle

     /  October 3, 2015

    So interesting seeing how the covers are cropped and created. Thanks for the post.

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  12. So fun to see how the pics for the covers were cropped to make the covers. I’ve seen plenty of your covers and they all are so appealing in their own little ways I can see why they’re all your faves.

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  13. Carolyn

     /  October 4, 2015

    Cover art posts from the cover artists themselves are some of my favorite posts! I love the little ins and outs and thought processes that go into it all. Thanks for sharing with us L.C.!

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  14. Barbra

     /  October 4, 2015

    I really like the Playing The Fool covers. Almost enough to rebuy the books in paperback. 🙂

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  15. Rod B

     /  October 4, 2015

    Great list!

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  16. Kirsten

     /  October 5, 2015

    I’m curious if your source photos come from a stock site? Also there’s certain images that appear on several books, and I’m curious how you feel about that. I mean if you find an image and then several books come out using the same image? Is there a way to prevent that? It can be a bit confusing to the consumer.

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  17. Lisa

     /  October 6, 2015

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts & the samples in this post. You do great art!

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  18. Love the covers!
    Also, happy anniversary, Riptide!

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  19. karon l

     /  October 7, 2015

    so many wonderful covers! I am looking forward to a Fortunate Blizzard.

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  20. I dig that Rock n Soul cover!

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  21. Very cool covers 🙂

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  22. sheila shepherd

     /  October 9, 2015

    Such an amazingly talented person!!!!

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  23. Maria ML

     /  October 9, 2015

    I would like to be able to do beautiful covers like you- 🙂

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  24. Johanna R

     /  October 9, 2015

    Thanks for this awesome post, I love great cover designs and seeing how they come together.

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  25. Grey

     /  October 11, 2015

    These really are lovely covers. I loved hearing about your design process and seeing the original art for each cover

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  26. Ree Dee

     /  October 13, 2015

    I really enjoyed reading about the process you went through with each cover. Thank you.

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. Eve S

     /  October 16, 2015

    For me, a cover-image is always very important. I have to confess, if a cover is ugly, the blurb has to be VERY interesting that I will buy that book.
    Thank you for this post, it was great to learn about ways how covers can be done! =;))

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  28. Corey

     /  October 21, 2015

    These are some awesome covers! Great work!!

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  29. Lira

     /  October 25, 2015

    Wow it’s nice to see what goes into making covers.

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  30. Lisa

     /  October 27, 2015

    You have had so many great covers! Love the new one for A Fortunate Blizzard which I have already pre-ordered. 🙂

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