It's no secret that my novels have enjoyed some pretty bad covers in the past. While both improved over time, a graphical artist I am not. Not even close.
So when I started thinking about going with a new eBook cover for The Five Elements it was purely coincidental that I ran across this post by Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn fame wherein she gives a shout-out to Derek Murphy. Derek is a graphic artist who, via his site CreativIndie Covers, specializes in book cover art. If you're an author and you need a new cover, go check out his site. He's got some very nice stuff showcased.
I contacted Derek to see what he could do for me. This is the result:
This wasn't a first attempt; it took a few iterations before we'd gone back and forth enough to nail down what I wanted conveyed. But I think Derek hit the target perfectly. He was able to keep the glyphs representing the five elements while cleaning up the lettering and introducing a figure who pulls in the series title quite nicely.
As a thanks to Derek and because I like to help fellow artists out, I've put one of his banners on my site. If you're on my site already, it's right there over on the right. If not, here it is:
Again, if you're looking for someone to work with you on a new cover, Derek is affordable and does a great job.