Sunday, March 31, 2013

Blog Tour - Life is Art: Cover and Art Design by Danny Rei + giveaways

Welcome to our stop on the Blog Tour - Life is Art: Cover and Art Design by Danny Rei. This tour is different because the spotlight is placed on a designer and not an author and book. We're always curious about the creative aspect of covers since so many readers are initially drawn to a book due to its cover art. Enjoy.

Designer Spotlight
I’m Danny and I’m 21. I love beautiful book covers and posters. Ever since I was a child, I was very artistic and won several drawing competitions. As I grew up, my interest in art and design expanded somewhat. What started as something I enjoyed and was good at, became a passion.

My passion in art and design led me to start my own forum to satisfy my need to meet others with the same interests. As a result, I had to design my own buttons, banners, avatars and signatures. 

Upgrading my skills came naturally, and soon I became fascinated with Photoshop and the endless possibilities I can discover with the program – from photo manipulating to digital painting from a plain white sheet. 

I love reading books and seeing beautiful and creative cover designs inspires me. Not only to I enjoy the designing process, perfection is what I aim for. 

I created my cover art service to help indie authors find the right cover artist for them. I have enjoyed working with several indie authors, as well as with a fantastic publisher – E.A.R. Publishing Company. Our collaboration has resulted in creating over 20 covers and other art works for the purpose of book promotion.

I do not have a specific way of working. Every client is special, unique and original, thus, my process is different every time. Usually, I ask the author if they have a specific vision of their cover art and go from there. And for those who are not sure what they want in particular, I ask for a sample of their book and the blurb. After I have digested the information, I suggest ideas and we go from there. 

Art is Life really is a bespoke service that caters to the individual author’s needs.
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Showcase of Work 
‘Demonic Saviour’, by Author Katherine Rocholz, is one of my most favourite cover designs I have made so far. I know having favourites isn’t something I should do, because all of my cover designs are like my children, but I just love this one so much. I drew this personally and I especially like the ‘dirty’ lines of the art. 

The ‘UnForgotten’ anthology cover is also one of my favourite pieces. Maybe it is the theme of the writing contest organised by E.A.R. Publishing, or the calm, blue colours, but this definitely is something I enjoy looking at. 

Aah, ‘Another Way to Bleed’ by Author Susan Harris! This one is special to me in its own way. The model on the cover is a personal friend of mine and her personality fits the main character in Susan’s debut novel perfectly. 


Red Moon by Author J.V.K… I love this piece. Not only because it fits the second book perfectly, it is dear to me because the fragments of the compositions. A dear friend of mine is the model, and the dress she is wearing is my prom dress. So, naturally this cover means a lot to me. I love the simplicity of the colours: red – black – white. It is eye catching, simple, in a way unique.


 
‘Of Gaea’ by Victoria Escobar is my most recent art work. I have to say that when I read the blurb, I was fascinated with the story and felt privileged that the Victoria chose me as her cover artist. I loved working with her. 

And these are some of my pre-made cover designs for sale :


Recommendations

“I had an idea, but no matter how hard I tried to make a reality it just wasn’t working for me.  Getting a cover artist was the only option, but I wasn’t sure I would find something cost efficient for my meagre budget and exceptionally talented.  It was with much reluctance I send out a bunch of emails to varying cover artists.  I’m so glad I did.
Art is Life: Cover and Art Design is the greatest blessing any indie author (or author in general) could ask for.  Not only is she massively cost efficient, she took my idea and created the most gorgeous cover I have ever seen.  She really listened and took my input rather than just brushing away my thoughts.  She was completely patient, and made changes every time I asked her to without hesitation.  It was awesome.
I am 100 percent in love with my cover.  I’ll never go to anyone else for cover art.  Art is Life: Cover and Art Design has my business for the foreseeable future!”
-Victoria Escobar, Author

Art is life; cover and design is a brilliant, imaginative and creative company that provides quality work and an excellent service. Being an author myself, I had a clear imagine in my mind of what I would like for my debut novel's book cover. Having given my publisher a sample of something I would like, the wonderful artist behind Art is Life: cover and design took my idea and blew it out of the water. In an instant the character whose voice was rambling around in my head came to life in a single image. And even when I asked for something to be included in the design, it was done to perfection. If you want a one of a kind cover for your book, I would urge to choose Art is Life; cover and design. You will not be disappointed with the end result..... and I can't wait to work with them again when It's time to sort out a cover for any future novels I am planning to write. 
- Susan Harris, Author 

Giveaway Info
There are two giveaways being held to promote the amazing Art is Life: Cover and Art Design. One is specifically for authors, the second is for everyone.

Author Giveaway Prizes
1 x 30% off a pre-made cover design or, 50% off a cover design


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1 comment:

  1. Awesome post. Thank you for participating and supporting this amazing artist and designer.

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