Graphic Designer Secret D’artiste #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Evelyne aka. Secret D’artiste

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

My name is Evelyne and I am a freelance book cover designer based in Belgium (Europe). My fantasy adventure started when I laid eyes on the first Lord of the Rings movie in 2001 (I was 14 years old at that time). I was mesmerized, fascinated and loved the epic concept art so much that I started experimenting with Photoshop on my own. Until this day I have developed my own magical style, trained and improved my skills. My works are a combination of photo bashing/photo manipulation and digital painting, combining several stock photos and 3d renders into unique and finalized book covers, with a touch of magic! 😉 Besides design, I love nature, traveling (especially outside of Europe) and discovering new cultures, animals, places, etc … 

Have you always wanted to become an artist/cover designer? 

Actually not, it was something I rolled-in to. I practiced fantasy art for a long time as a hobby and was an active member of the photo manipulation community on Deviantart (before the change to Eclipse). I met some amazing people across the world, sharing interest in the same hobby. Only there I was introduced to the art of cover design and in 2015 I started my halftime freelance business. It’s actually until now, September 2021, that I have quit my main job and decided to become a fulltime book cover designer. And also now, I am still learning new things and that makes it so interesting 😉

Where do you find inspiration for your work? 

My source of inspiration comes from fairytales, myths & legends, fae & fairies, fantasy warriors, witches, assassins, etc … I love watching TV-series and movies in those genres and even in nature (when hiking) I can find the necessary inspiration to fill my creative bank account. I also love concept art books and magazines like ImagineFX to gaze upon epic and breathtaking art from other talented artists from all around the globe. 

What are you working on now? 

I am currently preparing lots of new premade book cover designs (especially trilogies) which I will launch in my Facebook-group in the next couple of weeks. You are all welcome to join if you want Secrets D’artiste premade covers  and you can also join my newsletter.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I always need music when I work. I can’t work without it … Let’s say, to get into the ‘zone’ I need to close the door to ‘reality’ and open a much more fascinating door to this fantasy world in my imagination. And that’s not always easy … and there comes music into place. Music helps me in the process to allow ideas and concepts for my art. I am quite a fan of movie and game soundtracks, or any other whimsical voice/band that can feed inspiration.

Do you have any advice for new artists/cover designers about the publishing world? 

Yes, for beginning cover designers I would really recommend always purchasing the resources you need through legitimate stock sites and/or 3D render sites, due to copyright regulations. I know that’s not always easy because subscriptions for paid stock sites could be quite expensive and are a big cut in your budget (especially when you are a beginner), but in the end it really pays off. Not only can you make more ‘out of this world’ designs, it also helps you cover possible issues with copyright. One of my favorite 3D shops, where I shop for lots of my resources, is this one (and I can really recommend it due to good service and excellent quality): Fantasy Background Store

What are your hopes for the future? 

To be honest, I really hope I can do what I love doing in life. You only live once and you have to be carefull with the time that is given to us.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

If you are interested in going on an epic journey together, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Or if you want to treat yourself or one of your loved ones with fantasy/gothic bookmarks or prints made by me, you are always welcome to check out my Etsy shop here (I would be so grateful for the support).

Graphic Designer HarleyQuinn Zaler #interview #HQArtwork

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HarleyQuinn Zaler

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a stay at home mom to my crazy four year old. Happily married to my wonderful hubs. I’m still pretty new to being a graphic designer! But I love making covers. I put a piece of my heart and soul into each and every cover I make.

Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

Oh gosh no! I never used to be able to draw. I would make fun of myself, saying I didn’t have one artistic bone in my entire body. I can’t even draw stick figures! 😂 It just happened accidentally to be honest.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

A lot of times from my friends. Or from the books I read and the worlds I get lost in.

What are you working on now?

I am always working on 4/5 different premades at a time, in my spare time when I’m not in the office doings customs. And I usually have about one custom a week to work on. So I’m always as busy as a bee!

Do you have any quirks while working?

Yes! I always have to have the TV going while I’m working, but it has to be a show/movie I’ve already seen a bunch so I don’t have to pay attention. Or music. I have 3 set playlists specifically for work and my different moods. And I can’t talk/text while I’m in the zone. I barely hear it if someone is talking to me until they break my concentration.

Do you have any advice for new artists about the publishing world?

Just do. Try it. The worst that can happen is, what? You end up creating a piece of art that YOU made. Anyone can learn how to do it! But you have to be ready to put in the work.

What are your hopes for the future?

I just hope that I always get to do this! Becoming a designer was the best thing to ever happen to me, and I know how lucky I am. Every. Single. Day. It takes my breath away when someone puts art that I created on their book babies. I still can’t believe I get to do this!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and soul. Having you guys means everything to me, and I wouldn’t be here without y’all. The amount of love and support I get shown on a daily basis is just everything. I’m the luckiest, I swear.

Graphic Designer Amanda Kulp #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, my name is Amanda Kulp or also known as Amanda Kulp Designs. I live in Pennsylvania, US. I am a mother of a 12-year old son, digital artist, gamer, avid reader, and lover of anything fantasy or sci-fi. I also love cats! I have a 7-year-old female tabby named Socks. I have been working in Photoshop for about 5 years now. I am primarily self-taught. I specialize in photomanipulations or also known as creative manipulations. I also design book, audio, and album covers.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

I actually did not always have the dream to be an artist. I have always been artistically inclined since a young age. I used to be into painting with acrylics as a young teenager. My dad used to take all my canvas paintings into work and show them off. He was a huge supporter of my art. But, as I got older I stopped painting and didn’t really get into art again until I was in college where I took a Photoshop class as my art elective. This class is what really marked my beginnings in digital art. I remember we had to do a dream collage or a photomanipulation and I was freaking out over it. We had never done something so complex in the class and because the task seemed so daunting to me I immediately began looking and trying manipulation tutorials. I was so amazed at the artworks that people were coming up with using everyday images. A lot of times you could not tell that real photographs were used at all. I ended up getting an A on that final project and felt so accomplished with my finished piece that I continued teaching myself from that point forward. I still have a good ways to go in my learning process but I have come so far since my first digital artwork.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find a lot of inspiration from movies, music, and books, mostly fantasy/sci-fi, but a lot of my inspiration comes from photographs. I will see a simple picture such as a photo of a sunset and an idea just pops into my head. It might be an entire idea or just a color scheme. Whatever it is I’ll usually go straight into Photoshop and basically just go with the flow! A lot of times, I do not have a full vision before going into a piece and have no idea what the final piece will look like.

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What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a fantasy dragon, premade ebook cover.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I love listening to music while working. I really like listening to music such as fantasy, synthwave, and anything sci-fi. Lately, I have been putting on the Harry Potter soundtracks while I work. It might sound silly but I feel that listening to these type of genres help keep my creative juices flowing!

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What are your hopes for the future?

I really hope that sometime in the future I can make cover design my full-time job. I really enjoy what I do and love seeing the amazing covers these artists put out. I would just love to fully be apart of that.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I just want to thank all the people who truly enjoy my work and constantly leave me such supportive feedback and even constructive criticism. It keeps me going and learning and I am so appreciative of that.

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Graphic Designer Eerilyfair Design #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m from Bavaria, Germany living in a very small village (we are about 300 people here) by Bamberg nearly in the woods. I love gardening and animals to a great acess. So I collect rare plants and feed our birds, squirrels and even the dormouse in our housetop. I always had dogs, but since our last dog died very cruely at cancer I cannot bring it over me to have a new pup. I will die eventually, too. So I babysit the Newfoundland of our Neighbours.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

Yes. I painted since childhood. But I’m not that type of person, who can paint easily with great genious. Everything I do, I have to struggle for. I can be very persistent and in this part patient (even if I’m the most unpatient person in every other aspect). So If I cannot do anything imidiately I will try as long as it takes to master it. I’m new to make it a living with my art, because I always thought I would not be good enough. But I will try my very best, because art is a big part of who I am. I just love it.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I have many inspiration like filmes and series, books and music. I always listen to music, when I work and a lot of it plays a part in my works. For example love “Two steps from hell” and soundtrack music from Thomas Newman. I also love dark fantasy and artists like Anne Stroke or Luis Royo.

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What are you working on now?

At the moment I work on two book covers with dragons on it and also on a mythological story. I always adore such themes, because I studied art history and greek mythology plays a important role there.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I tend to talk to myself while I’m working. I usually notice it only when someone addresses me. But I hope that it only becomes critical when someone answers me. Although this is becoming more and more likely in Alexa’s time ..

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What are your hopes for the future?

Two major things: Do get a save outcome of my art and to make as much as possible in 3d my own. I want to use Blender as good as I can so I can have my own weaponary.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you for all your support! I have some awesome people around me, who even supported me when I was a very young and inexperienced artist. I will always remember!

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Graphic Designer Erica petite

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Tell us a little about yourself

Hello, My name is Erica petit, I am self-taught freelance for 10 years in photo-manipulation. My world is dark and mysterious, also affecting fairy fantasy and gothic romance. I discovered the digital end of 2010 and so I have evolved in this area. I also create book illustrations in the style: Urban fantasy, paranormal romance and historical romance. Which my latest book illustration was published in a publishing house named “alter real” for author Seanan Mcguire, published in France.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist / designer?

My school curriculum is quite chaotic. Being dyslexic and dysorthographic it was quite complicated level study. I started to design at the age of 19. For two years, I did a lot of volunteer design, to then discover Déviantart and how it works. I learned on the job. I then started designing cover. It must be seven years now that I make book illustrations for myself. I work with independent authors internationally and French publishers. Who is one day I would work with US editorial houses. (my dream).

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

My inspiration is often inspired by the urban fantasy universe – Paranormal Romance. It is according to my desires and my inspiration by seeing the stock photos.

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What are you working on now?

At the moment, there is nothing special about premades. It happens to me to have empty periods “without requests for cover”

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can live one day, but I do not think it’s possible. I would also like to work with editorial boxes in the US not only in France.

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Do you have something to say to your fans?

Looking forward to hearing from you and talking to you. 😊

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Graphic Designer Avdal Design #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Avdal Design

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a freelance writer and graphic designer. After I graduated from University I worked in advertising and copywriting for four years. I still part time in this, though I’m hoping to expand and keep on growing my graphic design business which I started in December of last year.

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Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

For the most part yes! I’ve always been the artistic one in the family while my sister was the writer. Growing up that’s how we divided up the creativity!

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Youtube tutorials mostly! I have a lot of favorite youtubers that I follow and, whenever they put up a new tutorial for a special effect, I try it myself and add my own spin on it. Most of my premade covers were inspired by special effect tutorials.

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What are you working on now?

A really popular style now is for covers that are super stylized with almost illustrated elements, so I’ve been teaching myself how to replicate that look. Painted on hair, drawing in clothes, really dramatic lighting, that kind of thing. I’ve also been learning
‘photobashing’ which is when you make an image of a model out of dozens of little pieces of other images to create something completely new.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I live in an apartment building overlooking a park and every afternoon a young man goes there to play on the park piano. He’s really good and I like to time my design sessions so I can listen to him.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To continue growing my design studio and develop my skills more.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you for giving me a chance! Creating my first cover was such a big, nerve-wracking step for me but the support I got on Instagram and Twitter really helped me get through the tough times and stay inspired!

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Graphic Designer Sarabat Design #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Sara

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, I’m Sara. I’m 24 and a self-taught graphic designer from California. I’ve been designing for 4 years as a hobby for the writers of Wattpad and just this year, I’ve decided to become a freelance cover designer. I also write for fun on Wattpad as a little side hobby and make way too many graphics for my books more than I actually write chapters lol.
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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?
Yes and no. I’ve always been creative since I was little and being artistic runs in my family – I would even tell people that my dream job was an artist as a kid but I can’t draw or paint well so I stopped thinking it could be a possibility as I was only thinking about traditional art at the time. I even once took a graphic design class in high school and didn’t ever take it seriously. When I discovered the book cover design community 4 years ago, that is when I knew I wanted to become a graphic designer because I became very addicted to it.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Pinterest and deviantart. I always find the most beautiful artwork and designs on those sites which then lead me to stalk a bunch of different talented artists that inspire me.
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What are you working on now?
I’m currently making a book cover for a non-commercial commission.
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Do you have any quirks while working?
Yes! I have to listen to podcasts or youtube videos.
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Do you have any advice for new artists about the publishing world?
I’m actually a new artist myself (when it comes to the publishing world) so I’m not the best person to ask for advice haha. But for any new artists thinking about turning graphic design into a job, my advice would be to make sure to ask your clients for a 50% deposit beforehand because you don’t want to get screwed over. Also to have faith in yourself! I should have done freelancing a lot sooner, but I feared I wasn’t good enough.
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What are your hopes for the future?
I really hope one day I can make covers for printed books. To be able to hold my design in my hand and have it displayed on my bookshelf (or even better, in stores!!) would be my dream.
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Do you have anything to say to your fans?
I have a small group of supporters/friends on Wattpad (where I started my graphic journey) so I wouldn’t say I have fans, but even the thought of having just a couple of people rooting for me or liking my work, means a lot and makes me so happy. I truly
appreciate everyone’s nice comments and messages that I’ve received over the years about my graphics. Just, thank you so much for showing me the love and support when I needed it the most!! ♡

Graphic Designer 2nd Life Design #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Thomas from 2nd Life Design

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

“It started out as an exercise and became an addiction.” – Jack Reacher

Hi everyone, I’m Thomas Moore. I live in Fulton, NY near Lake Ontario. I am married to author E. M. Moore and I began doing book covers as a way to reduce expenses. My wife is a prolific writer and she needed new covers on a regular basis, so I started doing them. One of the first covers I did for her was for her story Reawakened: The Chronicles of Cas. Eventually, I found that I really enjoyed doing the covers and decided to offer my skills to other authors. That’s when I started 2nd Life Designs. I called it 2nd Life because I already had a day job teaching martial arts. Graphic design has become another passion of mine. I create covers, do print and Ebook formatting, design bookmarks, banners, swag, you name it. I want to be able to help with anything an author might need.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

I’ve always enjoyed graphic design, but usually how it related to my martial arts business. Creating custom designs for T-shirts and Logos, but when Erin began writing it sent me in a new subset of graphic design.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

When I do custom work, I get inspiration from the author’s blurb. When making premade covers, I get inspired by my favorite movies and tv shows: Supernatural, In Search of Monsters, The Order, Ancient Aliens, Beautiful Creatures…I could go on forever. I love the paranormal! My wife and I go to Salem, Mass as much as we possibly can. 😎

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What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a few different projects. I am formatting my wife’s Ravana Clan Vampire Series to put into an omnibus and creating a new cover for it. I usually do two premade covers a week and I’m also working on a commission for a custom cover that is the second in a series.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

Absolutely! I work with my dog sleeping next to me and I listen to Pandora’s Classical Commute radio. Something about the big orchestra sound gets me feeling creative. My dog doesn’t even look up.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to be the cover designer that authors think of first when they want the perfect cover for their story. I would absolutely love for one of my covers to be featured on the NY Times Bestseller list. Just sayin’ 😜

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Fans? I have fans? 😊

I would say thank you so much for appreciating what I do. It takes hours of painstaking work to create this art and seeing an author and their readers giddy with their new “pretty” makes it all worth it.

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Kamayama Designs #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Kamayama Design

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Melody and I’m originally from Hawai’i. I’ve bounced back and forth between Washington and the islands many times since most of my family resides there. My favorite color is red and favorite animal is a shark—yes, I’m serious. I got to see a baby one in the wild and Kamaole 3. It’s one of my favorite memories to date.

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

Yes and no. I’ve always loved drawing and the arts. I do chibi commissions on the side because regular commissions are a ton of work and I want to be a in a better spot before I offer those. After a low spot in my life, I focused in on writing and was graced to become part of a community that also wanted my chibis. I then branched into designing out of necessity for my own covers. Immediately, I got positive responses from people. So, I continued and, since I had a very minor background in graphic design, it helped.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Most times, I look through unsplash.com. I know the ins and outs of licenses and I know what I can and can’t use free and paid images for. Mainly, most of my stock comes from Adobe. I don’t use shutterstock because of how restrictive they are for what you can use it for.

But back to the main question, my inspiration comes from just browsing. Sometimes and idea pops into my head and I have to search for all the components, but it’s mainly from beautiful photography.

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What are you working on now?

TONS. A lot of the ones I have revolve around magic. There’s a shamaness. I have a couple fairy and fae ones. And if I’m being honest, I have a lot of ones on the backburner. Like…main image but nothing to go with it.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I either, and this goes with writing, have to have complete silence or non-stop pumped up music. Preferably no words.

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What are your hopes for the futur?

I would like to have all my premades that I’ve already made, sold. Then, once that’s done, I would like to possibly open up customs to everyone. It all hinges upon my writing and the demand for the covers. If more people want customs from me, I’ll consider it. Right now, they’re on a case by case basis. I think Jodie Lynne is the only one who’s been approved.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thanks guys! I didn’t realize I had any out there, but hi! I appreciate the support!

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Graphic Designer Selfpub Designs #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Silvana

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Silvana. I’m a cover designer but I’m also many other things: a wife, mother of precious twins, mother of Shih Tzus as well, a writer, a drummer, and an Ophthalmologist! Phew! Let me catch my breath, lol.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

Definitely. I’ve been inclined to the arts since a very young age. I started to treat art seriously when I was in high school. My biggest project back then was street painting a section of the Sistine Chapel (The Delphic Sibyl) for an ephemeral art exhibition. The judges liked it so much they preserved it!

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Art in all its forms inspires me. Whether it’s music, an amazing film, or a fantastic illustration, I’m always discovering elements that I like to reinterpret and integrate into my work. I’m especially drawn to surrealism because it breaks the rules of reality and that gives me so much creative freedom.

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What are you working on now?

I’m currently redesigning an author’s entire series, it’s a pretty exciting project that I’m looking forward to sharing soon. I’m also working on new designs incorporating 3D rendering scenes and models. Computer generated graphics are taking over the book cover arena, probably because of the wide variety of morphs and the endless possibilities it provides to us designers—3D models are more versatile than human models.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I listen to music according to the genre I’m working on. For instance, if it’s a dynamic cover with loads of action going on, I’ll listen to something by Korn or Disturbed. But if the design is high fantasy, I’ll play Tina Guo, Enya, or Saint-Saens… I have a pretty eclectic taste in music and work with a variety of themes and genres.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I love working with authors and meeting their creative visions, and I hope to keep being part of their journeys as writers for a very long time. Expanding my knowledge in the field of illustration is something that definitely interests me, I’d like to get to a point where I am able to invest more time in developing my own designs… Working on it!

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Um, hi!!! Lol. I really appreciate your support, especially those of you who’ve been there from the start!

Being a cover designer is more to me than a creative outlet; it’s the privilege of belonging to the most amazing group I’ve ever known: The Writing Community.

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Thank you for trusting me with your visions, I look forward to being part of your writing journeys for many years to come!

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