Blue for a Bastard

Alina K. Field‘s next book arrives on May 5th, and I had so much fun designing the cover!

The book is called The Bastard’s Iberian Bride. That title demands a great dress, so I looked for an image that would feel a little exotic and passionate. As usual, Period Images delivered what we needed.

But we wanted a dress of a different color. I toyed with some pastels, since she was a bride…

But it wasn’t drawing the eye like it needed to, and it wasn’t doing anything to highlight the dress. So we decided that only a deep blue dress would do.

It was time to roll up my sleeves and get to Photoshopping.

Several layers later, her dress was transformed into a heavily embroidered cerulean blue. This cover was a pleasure to make.