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Creative Experimentation

Book Cover Experiment for One Last Dark Day

This was a creative experiment. Turned out better than expected, so sharing. Shown almost full-size for detail, but it reads surprisingly well as an itty bitty icon. When small, the words hop out. I wanted a window into the sunshine of this character’s future while still trapping him in his present darkness—and used the title itself. Not sure if I’d try the technique again, but it was a lot of fun to make.

Sometimes I like to create something (art, writing, cooking, knitting, LEGOS, etc.) just to see what I come up with at the end of an unplanned project.

Do you ever just make something to see what happens?

Hope you all have a great week!


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Design: “Prismal”

Design: Prismal. By Karen Gadient, 2012

Prismal: design created with stock photos and digital painting. Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. First as the design itself, second as a book cover (just for fun).


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One more reblog, because I can’t help myself. Today is the release day and I’m really proud of my work on the cover. I enjoyed reading this book and was honored to design for it. Plus this review is gives you so much to love!

Originally posted on snobbery:

Remember when I reviewed Katya’s World and complained that there wasn’t stuff like this when I was growing up?  Add David Colby’s Debris Dreams to the list of “WTF, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?” books.

How to describe it?  Part Ender’s Game, part Firefly – not the hardest of sf, but no pandering to young readers either.  This was one of my Read-a-Thon books, so I kind of zoomed through it, but I knew I would going in.  I’ve only been waiting for this book to come out since I first heard about it back before they even had a cover.

AND WHAT A COVER IT IS!  No seriously, this cover pretty much perfectly encapsulates what you’ll find inside the book.  A quick pulpy YA read that doesn’t want to talk down to its audience.

Our protagonist is gay, but that’s kind of not a big deal…

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Ooh hey… it’s a giveaway to get a free ebook from Candlemark & Gleam! Your odds are good and the rules are easy, so give it a go.

What song(s) do you think will be considered a classic in 50 years?

Originally posted on snobbery:

Image via Karen Gadient

Okay, remember yesterday how I said I had something fun related to Debris Dreams for you guys?  I was originally thinking I’d work with David on a playlist for you, but instead we’ve managed to intercept some messages between Dru (our main character) and Sarah (her girlfriend back on Earth).

Sarah’s dad is a salvage worker dismantling Delta City (also known as New Detroit) for spare parts (heh), so Sarah’s been subjected to a lot of “classic” rock and other stuff from the late 20th/early 21st century.

From:  CayerBear22

To:  DruOfNight

Subject:  !!!

Message:  I present to you some of the cultural artifacts my dad has found!

Attachments:  1, 2, 3


From:  DruOfNight

To:  CayerBear22

Subject:  Re:  !!!

Message:  He found a Korean pop song, a psychedelic rock anthem and an autotuned vocal number in a forgotten basement?

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Debris Dreams: Print Cover

Finally sharing the full cover for Debris Dreams, which will be out this month. Written by David Colby and published by Candlemark & Gleam. Book cover design and illustration by yours truly. The print cover shows you the wraparound design that was not shown in the front cover reveal on SF Signal.

Please consider supporting the Kickstarter and you can get lots of goodies!

And yes, this the same author with the awesome book trailer!

Click the image to see a larger version.

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Debris Dreams: Kickstarter Book Trailer

Debris Dreams Cover Art Cropped by Karen Gadient, Dru in Space, David Colby

I write, but for a living I’m a graphic designer and illustrator. Recently, I finished the book cover for this amazing sci-fi tale called Debris Dreams, which will be released this month from Candlemark & Gleam. This morning, I discovered that the author, David Colby, had created a book trailer.

The trailer started out with what I’d expect: space and Earth. But soon, it went right to David’s house and things got crazy. Like PONIES crazy. Made me laugh. I friggin’ loved it. I toasted my coffee mug to it. The guy has some guts to shoot his trailer in his own house, with his own mother, and perhaps even his own tortured neighbors. Take a few moments and check it out!

Debris Dreams Kickstarter Video
(NOW WITH MORE LASERS… and maybe even a PONY)!


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Book Cover Design

Summer 2012 book cover design by Karen Gadient

These are some of the book covers that I did over the summer.

Cho Ku Rei was originally a 16×20″ poster that I created using Bryce and Photoshop. The others were done with stock photography. Larger versions and other work can be seen by clicking the image to go to my portfolio.

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Cover Reveal: Debris Dreams

Debris Dreams by David Colby - SF Signal
And here we have it: the cover reveal for Debris Dreams by David Colby, published by Candlemark & Gleam. I did the cover design and illustration. Old-school sci-fi style. Although you can’t see the wrap-around on this version, the framework is a heads-up display that continues along the spine and creates the copy area for the back as well. Fantastic story. Can’t wait until everyone can read it. Visit SF Signal for the synopsis and ways to get a free copy of the book!

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