Cover Art

Mar. 2nd, 2017 10:04 am
darkemeralds: detail of beaded purse, caption One Bead At a Time (Details)
[personal profile] darkemeralds
I need a book cover!

There are quickie template-based designs online, and there's $5000 for original artwork, and there's not much in between.

"Well, what do you want to wind up with?" asked my sister Helen.

"Basically this," said I:
Working cover of Restraint, a photograph manipulated to look something like an oil painting, featuring Jared Padalecki's face on Johnny Depp's tuxedo-wearing body slouched in an enormous baroque brocade armchair, all in tones of red and gold

"...but a) without Jared Padalecki's face; b) not stolen from a copyright fashion shoot with Johnny Depp; and c) featuring a poet shirt and buckskin breeches rather than that 20th century tuxedo."

"So let's do our own photoshoot."

Well, why not? We have cameras. Everybody has a camera. We have tripods and lights and friends and junk shops and Craigslist. What the hell.

All we need is a tall, lanky red-haired model. And a high-backed wing chair. And some gold brocade. And a poet shirt. Some yellowish pants. A riding crop. A few gew-gaws that can pass for Georgian ornaments.

Yesterday I found the chair on Craigslist--twenty bucks! And they delivered it in an hour!
Wingback chair from the 1980s, upholstered in beige and puce chintz
(Just add gold brocade), feeling lucky, I went to the Rebuilding Center and came back with some ornamental junk for under $10.
Spray paint and some odds and ends that can be transformed into Baroque junk

...and then I found this thing at the corner resale shop. Weighs a ton!
Curlicue brass rococo looking brass wall sconce for four candles

Still to come:
  • Large quantities of gold brocade
  • Drippy candles
  • An oriental style rug
  • That poet shirt
  • A model
Wish me luck!

Date: 2017-03-02 08:35 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Best luck!

Date: 2017-03-03 06:31 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: Hugo Weaving as Tick the Drag Queen in blue feathers and glitter (FABULOUS!!!!!!!)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
You might be able to go with one of the Thanksgiving tablecloths that were being sold this year - they would definitely pass the ten foot rule. There were sort of a harvesty-gold-burnt looking gold with the jacquard look. (I've seen them at our local thrift stores.)

Date: 2017-03-03 08:37 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: Sailor V in orange hue wearing her trademark mask (more sailor v)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
I have no idea when they became a thing, but they worked out beautifully for making a super fancy mantel decoration for friends at Thanksgiving.

Date: 2017-03-02 08:35 pm (UTC)
dine: (vintage boobs - jchalo)
From: [personal profile] dine
sadly, your photos aren't loading - but I look forward to further updates on your acquisitions for the photoshoot

Date: 2017-03-02 10:58 pm (UTC)
dine: (yay)
From: [personal profile] dine
photo's are working now, and after embiggening, I must say that chair and the brass whatsit are perfect!

Date: 2017-03-03 08:11 am (UTC)
lamentables: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamentables
You seem to have fixed the photo issue: last night there was nothing visible at all, this morning there are pics.

Good luck with your new role, and especially with finding a suitable model!

Date: 2017-03-02 10:25 pm (UTC)
donutsweeper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] donutsweeper
ooh that chair looks PERFECT for it. Hee, the first apartment I lived in had these awful red velvet/velour, gold patterned curtains that were heavy as hell and just terrible to look at but the pattern was almost exactly the one on your Restraint cover. With luck your local goodwill or similar type store will have something like them for you to repurpose.

Date: 2017-03-03 01:26 am (UTC)
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] branchandroot
I have to say, some of the best covers I've seen (that had specific requirements like this) were self-shoots, so I think you're on the right track. Gold brocade, ho!

Date: 2017-03-03 03:03 am (UTC)
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] branchandroot
I'm especially fond of some of Thea Hayworth's.

Date: 2017-03-03 02:27 am (UTC)
ranunculus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ranunculus
Great idea, have fun!


Date: 2017-03-05 02:48 am (UTC)
gherkins: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gherkins
Hi! I think that contacting the local Jane Austen Society or Regency Dance group might net you a tallish gentleman in the right era of garb. Also, with new fangled software, the image you have can be made to look hand painted enough to pass copyright. I have a friend, Walter Nelson, at who runs a fair amount of regency events. He might be able to point you to someone who could help. He's lovely, I've known him for twenty years and if you tell him I sent you, will probably be very helpful if he can.
Do you have the image above without type? I'd like to try messing with it if that would be okay.

Re: Cover

Date: 2017-03-05 02:49 am (UTC)
gherkins: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gherkins
Walter won't know me as gherkins, he'll know me as Joan Hulett. Also, I used to be Chickenfried_Jo and before that, fra_hulettaes. Times being what they are.

Re: Cover

Date: 2017-03-05 08:09 pm (UTC)
gherkins: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gherkins
Perfect!! I'll mess around a bit and see what happens.

Date: 2017-04-21 03:38 pm (UTC)
tehomet: (Benedict Cumberbatch oh crumpets!)
From: [personal profile] tehomet
Fascinating. :D I love your finds.

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