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Top Sekret No Longer! [Jan. 5th, 2012|07:20 am]
kyle cassidy
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Last week I did the cover for Alma Alexander's new short story collection Weight of Worlds (the Kindle version is $2.99 on Amazon right now). This was months in the making and I'm glad it's come together. The titular story, "Weight of Worlds", is about a young man, balanced precariously on the edge of fortune and folly who learns of a strange legacy left to him by his dying grandfather. Alma had initially asked for a cover that showed a group of seven marbles suspended in space, which we did (it's behind the cut), but after reading the story I became convinced that the thing to show was the main character at a critical time, so I did a second cover with model Joshua Taylor which I'm bang up happy with. The overlaying texture, if you're curious, is a detail from a scan of the Shroud of Turin which I used only because I think it's cool to say it's a detail from a scan of the Shroud of Turin.




Clickenzee to go to the Amazon page



There are three other versions, behind the scenes stuff and some technical "how to" photo info

This was an earlier version which I liked the framing of, but ultimately I didn't think it focused enough on the little spinning worlds. We shot this under the El in Philadelphia -- I wanted a mysteriously semi-urban background and I alternate between train trestles and some buildings and a field behind a chain link fence. Ultimately, the building and it's own particular fence won.

I lit it with a small Easybox softbox and an sb800 flash triggered by a set of pocket wizards. I used a 28-200 Nikon Zoom usually at somewhere between 35mm and 50mm.





This was the first cover. I still like it a lot.








Roswell makes friends with the model because Roswell always makes friends with the model.





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[User Picture]From: tsarina
2012-01-05 05:28 pm (UTC)
I love how Roswell has such a gleeful air in that photo.
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From: mtn_hermit
2012-01-05 05:44 pm (UTC)
The first thing that comes to mind when I saw the Roswell photo was that Roswell was thinking "I love you, monkey! But I can't sit on the book if you hold it that way."
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2012-01-05 06:26 pm (UTC)
I love Roswell.
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[User Picture]From: michelle1963
2012-01-05 06:32 pm (UTC)
ehowton referred me to your LiveJournal page, given that I am embarking on self-publishing through Amazon myself. Gorgeous covers all! And food for thought.

Roswell is adorable.
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[User Picture]From: elsrik
2012-01-05 06:41 pm (UTC)
Roswell is adorable.
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2012-01-05 06:58 pm (UTC)
Me and Neri too - We love Roswell!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-06 03:54 pm (UTC)
Neri has an adorable and wise face!
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[User Picture]From: katranna
2012-01-05 07:07 pm (UTC)
Personally I like the marble cover best still, but I tend to prefer abstract covers over photos of people. I also wish the marbles were more emphasized in the final version because I didn't even notice they were there until I read the text and went back to see if there was anything more to the final cover than "moody shot of a handsome young man."
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[User Picture]From: mizkit
2012-01-05 07:23 pm (UTC)
That is the smuggest cat in the universe.

Also, *nice* cover. NICE cover!
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[User Picture]From: triplemare
2012-01-05 07:50 pm (UTC)
That is the most fabulous "I loff you SO MUCH, more pettin's please" cat picture.
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[User Picture]From: anghara
2012-01-05 08:32 pm (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned the covers were all done by KyleMagic...

(and trust a cat to upstage EVERYTHING...)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-05 11:00 pm (UTC)
yeah, i slave slave slave and the world is like ROSWELL!!
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[User Picture]From: anghara
2012-01-05 08:33 pm (UTC)
And I didn't know until the Shroud of Turin link until today. How much cooler can this thing get? [grin]
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2012-01-05 08:34 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-05 11:00 pm (UTC)
your work is cut out for you.
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[User Picture]From: fullcontactmuse
2012-01-05 11:08 pm (UTC)
I love it and I wish I had come up with the star map idea when I shot the photo that was in TEOP.

Again, very, very cool. :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-05 11:15 pm (UTC)
you can use it next time!
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