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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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!! ♡

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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Graphic Designer Raven #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Raven

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi! 😊, my name is Raven. I’m a 20 year old book cover designer from the Netherlands!

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Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

Actually, no. When I was younger I really (really really really) wanted to become a police officer and solve crimes haha! But when I was 12/13 years old I got the old laptop from my mom which had Photoshop CS3 on it and that’s how my journey with Photoshop and Book cover design started!

I’m currently also studying to become a designers (I study communication and multimedia design), so i’m not sure where time will bring me. But book cover design always has a special place in my heart and I will definitely keep doing it, cause it makes me happy and it has brought me where I am today!

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Everywhere and nowhere, I get inspiration from looking at stock images, watching movies with beautiful scenes, browsing on pinterest, looking at what other designers are making, just living my life, etc.

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What are you working on now?

I’m currently on a break because I really need to focus on school! So not a lot at the moment haha.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

Ehm, no I don’t think so. I work a lot in the evening and at night. Sometimes even through the night! – but that’s never a good idea because i’ll be a zombie the next day haha 🧟. But next to that, I can’t come up with anything else!

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What are your hopes for the future?

Tough question and to be honest, I don’t really know! I’ll just see where live takes me. But of course I hope to be happy and to be doing what I love, which is designing and creating new things!

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I’m not sure if I even have fans haha. But if there are people out there that love my work, I just want to say; ‘Thank you for your support and kind words, I would have never been able do this without you! I’m sending you all a virtual hug. 🥰’

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Cover designer Victoria Schaefer #interview

Please give a warm welcome to cover designer Victoria Schaefer

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m 34 years old, married 15 years, and a mother to a 5yr old boy and 19 month old little girl.

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Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

When I was around 5 years old I was obsessed with drawing. I would always tell my parents I wanted to be a cartoonist. As i grew older I realized I just didn’t have to ability for that. I was always doing something creative though. In high school I got into graphic design and loved. My uncle is graphic designer and helped in creating Photoshop, so I think it may be in my DNA. I didn’t get back into it until 2 years ago when I started PAing. A year ago I gave doing the PA thing to solely focus on designing. I love that I can work from home and getting to be my own boss.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Pretty much everywhere. Sometimes I see a tv show, or I hear a song lyric that just sticks with me. I have author friends who suggest, ideas, and I also keep track of what’s on trend with books. Currently Academy and bully romances are pretty big.

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What are you working on now?

I have a lot of custom work going on. I signed on with a new publishing company, BBB Publishing, to be their in house designers. They’ve been keeping me pretty busy with anthology covers. I also do branding and teasers, so I always have those lined up. With a lot of book signings coming up, I’ve been doing a lot of swag too.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to listen to music while I work. I have a playlist on spotify with about 70 songs that I listen to while I work.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I really just hope I can continue working in this industry and growing my client base. I truly love getting to do what I do.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Oh man…uummm…I don’t know if I’m special enough to have fans but thank you to everyone who has supported me and taken a chance on me. You are guys are rockstars and I can’t wait to see what else we get to work on together.

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Artist Nichole Witholder #interview

Please give a warm welcome to artist Nichole Witholder

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

I’ve been making art since I could hold a pencil. I’ve taken lessons in drawing and painting. My father was strongly against my becoming an artist since he saw family members with similar talent struggle so much.

I also happened to be immediately in love with computers. At 5yrs old in 1986, this wasn’t as common as it is now lol. I quickly realized that making art on a computer didn’t require me to ask my father for art supplies.

I never planned to make money from my art. I was worried about adding the stress of money to something that’s so important to me. But I happen to be an avid reader. When the indie author world blew up and I had access to more and more awesome books I noticed that the talent for writing wasn’t always well represented by the cover art. I thought to myself, “Maybe I could help out there.” May 10 marks my one-year anniversary.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I people watch. I’ve studied artists techniques in every piece of art I look at. I pay attention to how light interacts with everything. I’m constantly listening to music, constantly reading, and keeping a close eye on pop culture. I think a lot of my inspiration comes from there.

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What are you working on now?

Several covers, a logo, and researching new techniques I can use in my artwork. It’s important that I’m discreet with my client’s info so I can’t say more than that lol.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I can’t handle unsolicited advice or critique lol. Like someone leaning over my shoulder saying, “hey you should do this”. And this may be part ego. Though I think that mostly, it’s my needing to focus. I have plans upon plans in my head when I finally get out of my mind and start to do actual work. When someone tries to edit while I’m in the middle of that, I tend to lose my temper. This is good and bad. I should definitely be more open to listening to other ideas, however, my ego insists that I’m the artist and I’m the one who knows what I’m doing. It’s a struggle lol

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

Become involved in the community.

Read the books you’re trying to design for.

Interact with author groups.

Join the design marketplaces and research pricing.

If you design a flop that no one wants, keep making new art. Art is a constant process of growing and learning. You can’t expect everything to be a masterpiece.

Study marketing techniques used by new businesses to gain a customer base.

Work with integrity and good morals. Karma exists.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to expand on my techniques and skills to include more, always. I’m no good at staying still and I want to grow until I drop lol. Rainy Day may possibly be branching out even more toward promotion in the next year or so.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

After being told for so long (by my father) that my art would never amount to anything. That I could never make a living. Every single time one of you supports me, comments on my artwork, buys a piece, I am so incredibly shocked and grateful. Slowly you are all healing that scar on my heart. Thank you ♡

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