Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Done.


Just finished the cover and jacket art for my John Brown book, and that means it is all done. This project has spanned many years, the first draft of the book written while I was still in graduate school, way back in 2003. I'm very proud of the work and hope it reaches a wide audience this fall. But, now the distinct feeling of loss is creeping onto my drawing board.



I'm in the very early stages of signing up for my next project which, hold onto your hats, is about the Civil War. It is an amazing true story of a young girl who dressed up as a man to fight for the Union, and ultimately dressed up as a slave to spy on the Confederates. So much for typecasting myself early on in my book career.

14 comments:

Stephen Crotts said...

Huzzah!

John Hendrix said...

Did you know that was John Brown's favorite expression? He was often quoted as saying "Death to Slavery, Huzzah!"

Stephen Crotts said...

I was unaware...but that does mean we now have at least three things in common: favorite expression, a passion for freedom, and a fondness for crazy beards.

John Hendrix said...

Four: You both prefer commando.

Stephen Crotts said...

Military raiding style or underpants? Ah, I guess it applies to both...

see you in a few weeks.

amylew said...

Yeah! The cover looks great - I can't wait to see the whole book!

matt kirkland said...

Tell us about those roundrel designs at the bottom!

John Hendrix said...

Well, I wanted a kind of ornate tombstone look and those are hybrids I created from a bunch of victorian pattern books.

I think maybe they should have grouped more with the background than with the title itself, but I like it better when you don't see the jacket flat.

jaime said...

Gorgeous work. You may be typecast, yes, but as a librarian's dream, and that's not so bad.

Andi said...

hah, so librarians DO dream about John Brown!

Matthew Smith said...

Amazing post! quite inspirational!

CW said...

Boss! I am almost done with the question for our interview. Stay Tuned.

Chad

julia said...

oh wow, a-mazing

R.Dress said...

Wow thanks for sharing your process! The book came out fantastic!