Composite photography and creating cover art…

About 3 months ago, my friend, CJ Lyons, asked me to create a piece of art for her cover for her new book (coming out soon), titled Farewell to Dreams. She then interviewed me about the process, and that interview is up live on USA Today’s blog.

The photo/image is completely composited–I shot the violinist here in the Quarter, and layered in everything you see. It was the first time I’d done this much composite work, and the goal was to evoke the sort of gritty surreal landscape of Fatal Insomnia that this character suffers–she’s dying (you learn this on page one), and she’s in denial about how bad it’s going to get. Meanwhile, her music (she’s a doctor) keeps her grounded and sane and able to survive. She works in a world rife with corruption and the desperate, the poor who are fighting to survive, and the criminals preying on them, and she’s trying to save lives before she loses her own. I was thoroughly moved by the story.

Here’s the artwork:

 

FAREWELL TO DREAMS artwork

Comments

  1. says

    This is amazing. Damn, woman. You have more talent in your little finger than any hundred people I know! I’ll by CJ’s book just for the cover, and because she’s an awesome writer, but mainly for the cover! :lol:

  2. Toni says

    LOL. Well, wow, thank you! I’ve never done composite before, so it was a lot of hours scouring YouTube for helpful videos every time I got stumped. I keep wanting to go back and tweak it, because I learned so much. I finally had to just stop, hand it over, and start something new, because now I’m addicted!

  3. Susanne says

    Wow. The longer you look at it the more the details come out. Very impressive.

  4. says

    The cover is so evocative with so many depictions of elements from the book, which I loved and think about often. As Susanne said, each time I look at it, I see something new that resonates with the story and the characters.

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