I have worked with a number of publishers and authors over the years. I've found book cover and interior design to be a very engaging process that utilizes both sides of the brain well. I rely on my background in concept development to create interesting, eye-catching and clever book covers, but I also get to engage the methodical side of my mind and user experience knowledge to lay out clean and consistent interiors that are easy to read.
I had worked with these authors on a previous title in a series they were developing. For this cover I created the artwork by building out a full size stencil and sifting ash through it to take a source photo that was then polished up digitally. It was a fun process and allowed me greater control over the final layout than using stock imagery.