Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mistress of the Moor

This piece started out as one my usual faux-paperback book covers, which, graphically, always harken back to the 50s and 60s era of crime and/or sex books.

But as I toyed around with the portrait, I realized it worked best in black and white, and it had a more gothic romance feel, so I decided to just go with that and do a full-out gothic romance book cover.

My usual M.O. is to use the title, author, and tagline of an actual vintage paperback, but none of the books of paperbacks on my shelf were romances. So I turned to my friend Amy Bias' excellent blog, Women Running From Houses, which features all sorts of classic gothic romance covers.

I settled on Mistress of the Moor, whose title and tagline seemed to match what I had put together--the sad-looking girl amidst a dark, foreboding forest. I tried not to go crazy on the design, since it wouldn't really match the style. So once I found the appropriate font, I had finished my first faux-gothic romance!


Wings said...

Sounds like an interesting tale waiting to be told!

Spectergirl said...

Rob!: Absolutely beautiful. I love it!

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Wow, I don't even read romance novels, but would have to consider buying this one, just for the cover.


rob! said...

Thanks for the kind words guys!

queen said...

this is fantastical. i stumbled upon the women running from houses blog and your rendition is fitting and modern. good job dude.