I do all my own digital stunts. I like making logos and book covers. I’ve designed a few websites. Sometimes I try to take nice photos. I took some photoshop classes in college and a fascinating Visual Rhetoric course. Design is something I’ve both admired, and enjoyed trying my hand at. All that being said I have, most probably, an over-inflated view of my own design talents. However, I feel like I succeed more often than not when it comes to using said big-headed abilities to find the right fonts and take the right pictures to arrange a final product that matches the project I’m working on.
My wife Sharayah is an artist and was a photographer for years, and she took a series of pictures for the Kindle Vella cover of Hard Country Makes Hard Men as well as some mock book covers I threw together at the beginning of this project. Really excellent stuff starring some charming, authentic looking lead reloads my uncle did, an old wagon wheel (yes, I own one of those) and one of my miniature horses: Cricket. I come from a family of Louis L’Amour (pronounced Loo-ey Lam-mur where I’m from) enthusiasts, and what an iconic look! So I copied it and the faux cover was made. After that, I designed a series of Instagram Post “covers” for each Episode as it was released. I have included them here as a sort of catalog mostly for myself, but hopefully they will inspire you as well.