As a novelist who is also an illustrator, one of the things I like to do to when writing a story is to find and create images that inspire me in my writing project. As I’ve been writing Last Son of Earth, I’ve been feeling a bit disconnected lately without imagery to guide me. I thought I’d take an hour or two this morning to work on a cover image to help represent the story series. What you are seeing is a photo-manipulated collage of images I’ve found online to make up a mock cover image for us to work from.
I’m not completely happy with it yet, but it’s a start.
I think I need another character in the space capsule (perhaps our gal Cilla from my last entry) alongside our hero with hair floating about. Also, I’m hoping to create a fantasy element so that this cover doesn’t feel completely “sci-fi”. Perhaps a few knobs or dials that are reminiscent of Jules Verne machines might do the trick. Maybe a gas powered lantern or something that would juxtapose the assumed technology of space travel with something less “tech”. Costuming is also something I need to spend some time on as well. Perhaps the mark of CON should be on his sleeve?
There is more to be done, but I thought it was worth sharing for this week’s entry.