When I was in Philadelphia last week I was delighted to discover that the local Michaels had a display with several of my books on it.
Even more exciting is that Michaels is going to include some of my new Zenspirations(R) Color, Create, Pattern & Play books on an end-cap later this year. I’ve been working on four new titles: Birds & Butterflies, Expressions of Faith, Trees & Leaves, and Heartfelt Expressions, two or three of which will be on the endcap.
This is the cover concept for the Birds & Butterflies book:
The Birds & Butterflies cover concept has been approved, and I’m almost done with the drawings. The Trees & Leaves cover has also been approved, although I haven’t started on the interior drawings yet.
But the book I’m really excited to draw is Expressions of Faith, which will be a combination of scripture and my own sentiments. My first concept for this cover was a cross design.
Unfortunately the cross design didn’t get approved. I suspect the buyer wants a cover design which would appeal to people of all faiths. The two concepts currently under consideration are an angel and a dove flying in front of a rainbow. Before creating another cover design I would REALLY appreciate your thoughts on which direction to pursue. Here is the angel my publisher likes:
Below is the sketch I drew for the dove concept:
Although this is not a final, here is a more finished sketch that I painted tonight.
As always, I would really appreciate your input, and to encourage you to leave a comment with your thoughts, I will draw a name at random from everyone who leaves a comment this week, and that person will get copies of the new books as soon as they are available. (They’ll be in the stores for October, but I am hoping to get my samples in September).
Here are the questions I’d like you to answer:
1. Do you enjoy coloring?
2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?
3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?
4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?
5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?
Here is a larger version of the center dove:
And here is a larger version of the dove design on the right:
I’m open to your ideas, so feel free to leave any suggestions along with your five answers. I’d appreciate your sharing this with friends & family who enjoy coloring and want to be involved in helping to finalize the new books. I’ll announce the winner next week.