Monday, May 2, 2011

Death Be A Lady Tonight

This faux-paperback book cover came about in a very unusual--dress first!

My pal Laura Menck posted pics of a dress she found on Etsy on her Facebook page, the dress you see above--a vintage-y number with that cool Vegas Strip print on the blouse. As soon as I saw it, I realized it would make the perfect outfit for a character on one of my covers, so I went about "filling" the dress (there was no model wearing it in the Etsy pics) with a real, live femme fatale.

With that dress in place, the setting and the title all fell into place with little or no effort. I played with the colors a bit, but all in all this one came together it was like falling off a log. Personal note: of all the fake authors I've created for these things, "Morty Meyers" just might be my all-time favorite.

Special thanks to Darlin' Tracy for showing me the photos in the first place, this cover was a real team effort!


Caffeinated Joe (Wings) said...

Wow - quite a dress! Makes for a unique cover.

Sean Tiffany said...

Love it! And I love to hear the stories of where the inspiration comes from. Awesome stuff!

m said...

and looks like helena bonham carter - she would totally star in a movie of that title!