TGTD Cover Design Stages

TGTD stages

Today I thought you might enjoy seeing what I emailed out to subscribers a few weeks ago, the progression of The Gift and the Defender’s cover design.

Once Edward Riojas agreed to paint the cover, I provided him with a synopsis of the story. He used that to produce the initial sketch. Only two changes were made to his original concept: the shape of the shield and a sword in place of the staff. After some conversation regarding the title layout, Ed produced the next image, reflecting the changes mentioned above and providing a taste for what the finished design would look like. Not long after that he delivered the final image!


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