Hello all! It’s been an exceptionally long time since we had a cover to show off here, and we’re going to make amends today.
Though we’re still a long way off for Transformed, the sequel to Mageborn, it’s about time we show off the cover. We’re kind of going out of order here, because Dragonspeaker is the next one that’s up after Lord of Thunder releases in March, but we don’t actually have that cover done yet, so you’ll just have to wait!
Another interesting thing about this cover is that it’s probably the one that went furthest from where we started, out of all the covers we’ve done yet. Let me show you what I mean.
One of the more important places in the series is the gardens. This is one of Gaston’s favorite places, and it’s expanded to become one of Adelia’s favorites too.
In this first attempt at the follow-up cover, you can also see two new characters.
Ultimately, we decided it was a little too bright and cheery. We asked Leo to see if we could do something darker instead.
Rather than give up entirely, we made the gardens look a little darker at first. Our lady in the back looked more like a villain than we were happy with, and we decided to try and start over with a different locale.
Moving indoors brought us back to the study that Adelia was playing in for the cover of Mageborn. She’s a little older and more experienced now, so we aged her up a bit. We also have a back cover now, so we were able to include Gaston and that new character, Lucinda on the back.
This was just a small change, but we wanted the front and the back to almost be a reflection of one another, so we removed that low wall for the purposes of the art.
With a splash of color, you can see a little bit more than you did before. In the book, Lucinda is a frisky lady, and Gaston looks like he’s bit off more than he can chew here.
Meanwhile, Adelia is performing her magic for a familiar character from the first book in the series.
At this point, the back has taken shape very nicely. Lucinda, in her purple outfit is torturing poor Gaston with salacious remarks and “bad” touches.
Finally, here we have the full cover. On the front, you can see that Adelia is in a more attractive outfit than she wore in Mageborn. She’s starting to come into womanhood (no small part influenced by Lucinda, mind you), and we wanted to reflect that by making her a little easier on the eyes.
She’s also playing around with those butterflies again, only this time, she’s making them out of ice, an element she has an affinity for.
That’s about it for this cover, but we’re not going to make you wait nearly as long for this next one. It’ll be a teensie little Christmas present! In the meantime, we’ll just be chugging along, ready to move into this next phase of Tellest as quick as we can.