Saturday, January 5, 2013
Who is that dude on Impulse?
Who is the guy on the cover of Impulse?
As you may (or may not) know, finding the right stock images is a tremendous challenge. I've decided that it's hard enough to find good ones, but finding those who resemble your characters? Impossible. Although I have to say, I really like who I chose for Silver. That being said, I try to embody the spirit of the characters in other ways.
So what is the answer? A lot of guesses have been thrown around: Christian, Justus, Logan, and even Tarek.
The answer? (drumroll)
Justus De Gradi.
I thought about putting Tarek on the cover and actually found a couple of images, but they looked totally wrong. Plus, I didn't want to give it that stalkerish "someone is out for you" vibe. I had to find an image of a man in a hoodie when I decided who I wanted on the cover. That was insanely impossible, because it had to be a full body shot and there were hardly any! This one had a nice walk going, but no face or body, just a black shadow. I had to layer other stock clothing on him just to give it a little depth by showing sleeves and a front pocket. One complaint during the process from a few who looked at my covers was that he was nothing but a shadow, as the original stock image was. So I cropped face in the shot. I tried using the one below that I use often for Justus and is how I see him the most, but it didn't work from a distance. Most models I had were facing the wrong direction, bearded, or giving that "i'm too sexy" face.
The image is the idea. I liked a protector behind her, someone walking toward her, and it also represented a critical scene in the book. There were a lot of developments with Justus in this book, as this series is not entirely about Silver. I kind of think of it like "The Young & The Restless" (Only my version is "The Old & Immortal) of Urban Fantasy Romance. I wish I could spotlight every single character in the series in a bigger way, but those would make for impossibly gigantic books and would require a longer series.
The thing is: that is the design I had in mind doing the cover. I made it work given the tools that I had, and limited choices. But I think is awesome is that it does allow room for the reader to use their imagination. So if you want to see that as another character and have a different little story about the cover in your head, then I support you! :-)