Mystery unfolds on the pages of this Harlequin Worldwide Mystery mini-series illustrated by Mark Hoffmann. ‘A Washington Whodunit’ 3 part series that follows D.C. staffer, Kit Marshall through her adventures in the capital.Read More
Gary Alphonso began his career as a scratchboard illustrator in the 1980s. That is where Gary learned the precision of line and shadow evident in his work today. As Gary evolved his technique, he began creating 'scratchboard' art in Adobe Illustrator, in both black and white and full color.
These cover illustrations for Harlequin's Worldwide Mystery Series featuring Vicki Delany's Constable Molly Smith showcases Gary's ability to create drama through perspective and lighting in a retro poster art style. His technique, perfected over many years, creates a stunning outcome.
The latest in the series, Negative Image will be in stores March 2016.
Tim Zeltner has now created two incredible covers with art director Lynne Menturweck at Llewellyn Worldwide. Tim’s whimsical illustrations, handpainted on wood, set just the right tone for these novels by Loretta Ross. Let the detail in these beautiful illustrations draw you into the mystery that unfolds within the pages.
Clare Owen has now created three gorgeous covers with art director Sean Kapitain at Harlequin. The front cover for Hunting Sweetie Rose and Honestly Dearest, You're Dead are featured below. Stay tuned to see the third in the series--to be released in March 2015. Clare's illustrations are so inviting but be careful, with these mystery covers, the devil is in the details.
I just love the details like the wind blowing the curtain and the steam rising on the coffee. They seem to bring the story to life.
For much more delightful Clare Owen illustration visit her portfolio here.
Art director, Sean Kapitain with Harlequin, has a keen eye for quality illustration and knows how to choose the perfect style to capture just the right mood for the novel. The backdrop for The Lost Artist is a 19th Century New England farmhouse with a nasty storm brewing. Who better to illustrate a moody landscape than Tim Zeltner? Tim painstakingly builds the atmostphere of a painting with his unique combination of layering on wood with: paint, glazes and stains. Sean Kapitain had this to say about Tim Zeltner's art, "We actually heard back from the author about this cover which is rare! She loved the package and thought Tim's art was absolutely spot on. Great work, Tim!". Thank you Sean for the wonderful feedback.
I love the way Sean has used parts of the illustration for the spine and back cover.
Gary Alphonso created a cover for the paperback edition of Hazards of the Game by Norma Tadlock Johnson. The art director wanted a very graphic feel to the cover where type would be a major element. They decided to place the text within the shape of the sand trap since the story takes place on a golf course. Another requirement of the illustration was to include some of the clues to the mystery: the pink golf ball, the discarded putter and the Siamese cat. The challenge was to design the illustration with the type from the early rough stages as opposed to creating the illustration and having the designer apply type after the fact. Here are two versions to show the importance of type - an early draft and the tweaked type that became the cover.
Doug Martin continues to provide beautiful and detail rich paintings for the covers of the Seaside Knitters Series, written by national bestselling author Sally Goldenbaum. You can see the other four books in the series - all illustrated by Doug Martin- at Sally's site and browse knitting patterns and recipes as well.