Please welcome cover artist Lola Divine to the Brit Babes blog today. Lola recently designed the cover for Lily Harlem's new release, The Chase...
I’ve been an artist all my life. I’ve always loved drawing, coloring, sketching and making up stories to go along with the images. Been doing all four for as long as I can remember.
Looking back, I’ve noticed an obvious trend in my subject matter. I hadn’t realized it at the time, but the creative gene that drove me to, well… decorate sex, was training me for a future career.
When I was a kid I concentrated on filling in the eyes, lips and hair of girls on coloring pages. My favorite Crayon? Black, because I could make the eyelashes thicker and the hair longer and wavier without the original lines showing through. Then as I matured I started sketching women mostly, big boobs, long locks and curvy curves. I hadn’t mastered the art of drawing the male figure yet, but that would come with practice and when it did the men and women would always be locked in passionate embraces.
In my twenties I discovered that the images I drew demanded voices. That’s when I added words to the pictures on the page and in my head. My first completed romance novel, one of many to come. The gorgeous heroines and sexy heroes I’d drawn, now had history, goals, motivations and conflict. Wrapped in a love story the characters finally had their say.
And a while back, those characters and stories evolved. They moved from paper and pencil onto a computer screen. I discovered the glory of Photoshop, the joy of collecting stock images and the ecstasy of merging both together, hot and steamy.
I’m a cover designer. And I LOVE my job. It’s like Christmas every day. I take a package wrapped in a bow, rip it open and find something totally new inside (after a shit load of light effects, color manipulation, adjustment layers and photo filters have been lovingly applied)
A picture is worth a thousand words, which is very true. Also very true? A novel, no matter what the genre, will sell off the shelf when the cover is dynamic, when those thousand words are all shouting at once, “Buy me! I’m as awesome inside as I am out!”
So come to me when you’re in need of an image that will be worthy of your hard work. You pour your soul into your words…let me pour my heart into your cover.
Please visit me at loladivinedesign.vpweb.com today. I’ll get that cover underway.
Best wishes and many, many sales to you!
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Out now, THE CHASE, an MMM novella set in Cardiff. Please note this story was previously published in the boxed set Brit Boys: On Boys.
Cover design by Lola Divine
Grab your copy of THE CHASE now!
Back Cover Information
Steve's killing time working in a comedy club. Why not? It makes him laugh and both the clientele and the comedians are not just fit but also great company.
Then one stand-up joker decides to create a wild goose chase for Steve and his ex Robert. Cavorting around Cardiff on a frosty night, however, does more than just show them the way to a threesome, it also reveals the reasons why they should give each other one more shot.
Please note The Chase was previously published in the Brit Boys: On Boys boxed set.