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Great designer. I'm very happy with the end product.
Great designer and works with ideas to make them perfect.
quarterbackTB has been phenomenal throughout this process! He really got my vision and patiently tweaked the design until it was absolutely perfect. I intend to return to him for the next two books in my series. GREAT experience with a fantastic artist!
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Beyond the Sea
Beyond the Sea is more action adventure than crime but that wasn't an option in the list above.
Action adventure readers. Predominatly male readers though not exclusively.
What colors do you want to see in your design?
Refer to attached jpg file. Sinking twenty-metre classic ketch (two masted sailing boat). White hull. No keel (it has been sheared off in a mid-sea collision). No stump of keel—it’s gone. Other vessel has hit the ketch on the starboard (right) side at the stern passing over it diagonally at high speed severing the mizzen mast (rear) about a metre above the deck. Main mast (forward) and halyards are intact though in my mock up it looks truncated but that is where the image ended. Ketch has capsized and is sinking upside down stern first. Other vessel (which should not be shown) is black so some black scoring on ketch's hull might be okay though not overstated. Show some signs of impact at the stern though again don't overstate it (frayed stainless steel handrail, loose sheets [ropes], an impact point). The ketch is sinking in clear greenish water with shafts of sunshine (from top right) piercing the water. In my mock up I used a layer of bubbles, which I don't want replicated, but some bubble trails indicating the boat is sinking would be good (also in my mock up the ketch has fenders attached to its starboard side—these should not be there as it is at sea). Below the water is dark blue/green indicating several thousand meters of deep sea. The colour gamut should range from light and beautiful at the top to dark and menacing at the bottom. In the background is an oceanic whitetip shark (only one). I would like it not to be the focal point but something that sends a chill when you notice it. It is not doing anything aggressive just swimming. If shown, the name on the rear vessel should be L’Étranger and its home port Cairns, but this is not essential.
I'm a first time author so the emphasis should be on the title not my name.