Oh, the stories I could tell about this cover.
I know, I know–it’s a little unorthodox to be sharing the cover for the second book in a series before the first one is even out, but let’s be honest. We’re less than a week away from the release of Serpent’s Mark, I’m excited, and I really want people to see this cover, dangit! Just look at it!
The ruins! The temple! That mask!
This cover took me literal years to draw, though I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it. It was, quite simply, a feat that should not have taken me so long. Back when I started this cover, I still thought this was going to be a three book series instead of a six book series, if that tells you anything!
I actually filmed the first part of the drawing process, but I wasn’t able to film the latter part because we came to what I began to acknowledge was the end of days for my poor PC. It got harder and harder to do things, and an image as big as this one, with almost 100 layers like it had, was almost too much. So even though I made a video, the latter part is screenshots I took at the end of each drawing session. Sometimes the sessions were short, sometimes they were hours long. But the latter half of the drawing process certainly went faster than the beginning.
So what do you think? I personally think it’s better than the first book’s cover, but that could just be two years of effort talking… 😉
The first book, Serpent’s Mark, is coming out on Saturday–March 28. You can preorder a copy here.
And Serpent’s Tears, the second book, is scheduled to be released on May 30. But you’ll hear plenty more about it before then!