Wednesday Writing — Images

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Girl hood red ruins fantasy Enrique Meseguer Pixabay
Enrique Meseguer at Pixabay

Welcome to my sanctuary.  Don’t be mislead by that dark foreboding image.  There’s nothing scary here today.  This post is about writing — sort of…  Over my 9+ years of blogging, a few people have admitted that they “Only look at the pictures.”  I try not to let that bother me, because I put a lot of work into choosing, arranging, and often creating the images I use.

Last week, a longtime friend (who particularly likes the covers I make for Dead of Winter) asked if I could teach him the way I make images.

“It’s complicated…” I said, not meaning to flatly refuse him.  “I use three different kinds of software, go back and forth, and…  If I were smart enough, I could probably do it all in PhotoShop, but this works for me.”

Then yesterday (as I write this post) I started a cover concept for the tenth installment of Dead of Winter.  I decided to show him the parts, with a little bit of explanation. (No, this won’t be a how-to.)

CROP DoW-10 concept parts

Looking at the breakdown image I put together, I suddenly realized that the way I make images is tied to the same part of my brain that makes stories from “random reader things” — my three things method of storytelling.  When a reader gives me a “thing,” and its image pops into my head, the story begins.  (If I can’t conjure up an image, the thing stays in my story matrix until I can see it.)  Likewise, I look at a number of images, and zero in on the parts of each one that I imagine in my book cover.

I guess, in this case, my “things” were Emlyn, staff, eye, and a background that fits my usual look.  To give multiple covers a similar yet different look, I stick with a certain style for the backgrounds.  This one may or may not be the final cover, but that’s not the point of this post.  Here’s a very rough draft of this concept.  If I keep it, there are still hours of work to do, adjusting colors, contrast, lighting, and shadows, getting the book cover size right, and finally cleaning up edges.

Draft concept for Journey 10, by Teagan
Draft concept for Journey 10, by Teagan

Speaking of designing, yesterday I had a fun visit with the marvelous designer Valentina Cirasola for her Autumn with an Author series.  I think she is the only person who thirsts for color as much as I do.  Here are some of her books.

Valentina books 2021
Books by Valentina Cirasola

We discussed my writing process. I tried to give answers that were as good as Valentina’s insightful questions. I hope you’ll click over and join us.

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The September issue, Dead of Winter: Journey 9, Doors of Attunement is live.  Emlyn and her traveling companions, and the others they meet would love for you to come along.  Either way, friendly comments are welcome. 

Wishing you an easy coast down the other side of this midweek hump.  Hugs on the wing!

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Dead of Winter: Journey 9, Doors of Attunement

Dead of Winter: Journey 9, Doors of Attunement, by Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Dead of Winter: Journey 9, Doors of Attunement

Dead of Winter — All the Journeys

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Journey 9, Doors of Attunement

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Journey 8, The Lost Library

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Journey 7, Revenant Pass

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Journey 6, The Fluting Fell

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Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls

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Journey 4, The Old Road

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Journey 3, the Fever Field

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Kobo:  Dead of Winter: Journey 3, the Fever Field eBook by Teagan Riordain Geneviene – 1230004609599 | Rakuten Kobo United States

Journey 2, Penllyn

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Journey 1, Forlorn Peak

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Kobo:  Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak eBook by Teagan Geneviene – 1230004446033 | Rakuten Kobo United States

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57 thoughts on “Wednesday Writing — Images

  1. Hi Teagan, this is very interesting. I also make my fondant figures in parts in a similar way. I get this completely. I am going over to visit Valentina now. I am late this week. Michael’s operation yesterday went a bit pear shaped and he ended up in ICU overnight. He came out this afternoon and is still requiring a lot of care.

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    1. Oh gosh, Robbie. I didn’t realize. How traumatic for you both. I’m so sorry. I haven’t been online much in quite a few days, so I didn’t realize he was having another procedure. I’m sending all my very best thoughts. I love your fondant figures. Hugs on the wing! ❤

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    1. Haha. Crystal would not appreciate the “walk the cat” idea, Michael. Although she’s happily snoring right now. 🐱
      There’s no such thing as late here. It’s always a pleasure to see you. Relaxing is not something I’m good at, but I will try. Stay safe and well. Hugs winging back to you.

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  2. Between your technique and Diana’s comment, I’m going to try something.. not a book cover, but a composite image.
    Lol! I’ve tried before, but always end up just drawing the darn thing!
    Congratulations on Journey 9! {{hugs}}
    Okay, heading to Valentina’s!

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    1. Haha! That sounds like me, Resa. Not the drawing, but going with what comes naturally to me. I tried to learn to read music (take piano lessons) two different times when I was young. It was so much like math (to me), and so much easier to plunk-around the keyboard my way.
      Regardless, I’m happy that you are inspired. I hope you’ll share the results — whatever method you use for your composite. Hugs on the wing!

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  3. You know how artists develop their own styles—I think that’s also happened with your covers. It’s pretty cool to have your own style that others begin to recognize.

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  4. I make images about the same way you do, I think. I do all mine in Word though. It has some limitations but I know how to do it, so it’s easy for me. Like you, there is tons of tweaking. But it’s always nice to have collected the basic ones. I love the way your covers all work together. 🙂

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    1. Hi Diana, Yes, it sounds like you do have a similar process. These days Word can do a lot. I don’t use it for images, but I do part of mine in PowerPoint, and SnagIt Editor, and PhotoShop.
      I appreciate your feedback on the covers. I couldn’t pull myself together to edit Dead of Winter again today, but I had a sudden inspiration about this cover. So I spent the afternoon improving the image I shared and adding 2 characters to its background. LOL, now I need to know the name of the Journey! o_O

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    1. You’re too kind, John — but thank you. I expect every step could be done in PhotoShop… but I found my easier-for-me work arounds. Unfortunately I had to get a new version of Photoshop for the new computer. We’ll see if it’s as much of a monster as the one I have — or even worse! o_O Thanks for your encouragement. Hugs on the wing!

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  5. I always like your images. I know some of the things you must do in PhotoShop, and I am in awe of your capability with that product, I have used it for years, and I’m still searching for answers more often than admiring my work. When I get to the point that I need a book cover, I know where to go,

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    1. Thanks for your feedback, Priscilla. (And for the email.) It’s a bit different from the others, having just Emlyn without any other characters. However, it’s getting a good response here, so I’m likely to keep it. Oh! I just had an idea… Hugs on the wing!

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  6. I always love it when I get an insight into anybody’s creative process, and even more so when I see how they apply it to the visual arts, something I have very little understanding of and no skill for. Fascinating! I read your post over at Valentina’s blog, and I recommend it as well. You have me very intrigued about the ending now! Thanks, Teagan!

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