Authors spend months, sometimes years, compiling their words, in an effort to create something they can share with pride. So as I'm sure you can imagine, the decisions that go into that thick piece of paper that surrounds it all are neither quicker, nor easier.
Dawn of Legaia's cover art has been in the works for years, dating all the way back to when Arotin (my concept artist) and I were reviewing conceptual sketches. The story board I put together for him, as well as the several concept sketches he drew before painting the Dawn of Legaia Concept Art, were all precursors to the Final Version of Dawn of Legaia's Cover Art as you're seeing it today.
Personally, I freakin' love it. The final design is quite different from most of my original visions, but that just goes to show you good things can happen when you approach a situation with an open mind. This cover art is quite a bit "smarter" and simpler than what I originally had in mind. And I've been yappin' about Cerulean being my favorite color since I was a kid, so I was pretty stoked when I saw the colors of the background.
I feel like science fiction and fantasy book covers tend to be image-heavy, and that's certainly understandable, because speculative fiction involves a pretty signficant amount of stimuli and creative-prowess, both on the writer's part as well as the reader's. But when my cover artist was able to create this sleek, clean cover art that was simultaneously distinct, recallable, and every bit sci fi, I was hooked.
And on top of that, it grew on me! The more I thought about it and the more I starred at it, the more I started to like it, but I think the reasoning behind that was, again, because I had already sold myself on a particular vision, so there was a bit of an adjustment period needed so that my mind could decipher the new concept, versus what it had sold itself on the weeks, months, and years leading up to today.
I hope it gets your noggin' stirrin'. The backside is pretty legit, too, but I'll save something for you to enjoy when you order your copy. ;)
Dawn of Legaia launches 1/11/17.