[18th Oct 2012]
So, it’s been awhile since i i visited this page, i even renamed it to more aptly display what the post is about. Basically the title of the project.
Yes it was called ‘The Russian Connection‘ but i decided this week that i should change it. It started to fell flat, not that the name on the main character is any better, but hey.
So, after the chores were done and i’d given up on my job search (I have a job, i’m just looking for something closer to home as i hate commuting into the City each morning) i thought i’d just faff about with the artwork to ‘The Russian Connection’. I sourced a poster from Google images of George Cloneys film ‘The American‘, which is why he’s in the cover, i tried looking for pictures of a dude in a suit with a gun but only found the most ridicules pictures and none of them were in ‘Action’ they were just standing there holding up a gun as if they were Robert DeNiro in ‘Taxi Driver‘ but i keep looking and then saw the poster for ‘The American‘. I separated him, the orange box and the boarder so i could play with them more freely. This is just a mock up not something i’d actually use, kinda like just testing out an idea for the cover.
This is the kind of thing i do to help hold my interest in a project that might have slowed down a bit, i little creative playing around, it usually helps not only to keep my interest in the project but while i’m messing around with it i start to think of the project, where i am and how to get out of the sticky situation that i’m in. It just jump starts the creative juices then kicks them into over drive.
I like the concept, even though it’s pretty much identical to ‘The American‘ poster, it’s what i’m looking for, so i can take this and run with it when i come to designing the actual cover art work, ideas gotta start somewhere rights. I wanted to keep it simple, a simple image that tries to convey the book, my name and the title, it also need to look good and readable as a small thumbnail. Oh and the title may also change, it’s now just a working title. I liked it originally, but now i see it on a cover concept i’m not sure. But i guess i don’t actually need a cover for some time so it really doesn’t matter yet.
I’m the kind of guy who likes thing to match up nicely. The title and my name came from a cover art work i made for another project, i kept the font and layout, well pretty much. I even left it the same colour, i just changed the text. You can bet that as long as i have a say in the look of my covers, there will always by a similarity between them. My name and the title will most likely always go in the same place, or there abouts.
Okay i have to reiterate something here. This is not the actual cover i want to use. It’s just a concept, a guide to point me in the right direction. I’ll most like get an illustrator to do the real one anyway now that i think about it. I really like the 80’s video covers, the hand made ones. I want that. I can hand over an image like the one above and say “Something like this” and then just let them get on with it.
Anyway, time to write some more i have other projects to plot out too.
Question: Does your creative mind ever take a fucking break?
It seems that if i’m not thinking hard about the current project, my mind will wonder off and find something else for me to write about. Can i teach it like a dog learns tricks, feed it a treat if it lets me finish something before it gives me something else. ‘Cause i don’t know about you but the new intrusive projects that burst into my mind always seem far more interesting then the one i’m working on.