The last two years I worked as the art manager for an indie publishing company called Black Hill Press. I’ve worked with some really amazing artists and helped produce some really incredible covers for their Novella projects. However, BHP has another anthology called The Cost of Paper, which contains contributed written works and artwork from anyone who has previously worked with BHP in the past. Its a great little collection which they sell for the literal cost of the paper, $4.29. Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 2.00.09 PM

This year when they decided to launch the second of the series, I was asked to look for a cover artist, but made the executive decision to do it myself. I was really excited to take on this challenge, as it had to be made from paper, and it involved one of my favorite things ever: typography. Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 4.21.12 PM

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 4.20.32 PMAfter some failed attempts at different ideas, I found one that worked great. With some patience, precision, and xacto blades, I did a layered cutout, using the papers original texture and shadows to create a layered effect. Along with that, I had the editor type the cover content on his typewriter, scanned it in, and added it on top. I am very very happy with how the end result came out. Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 2.03.40 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-23 at 2.03.57 PM copyCost Cover FinalWe finished off this minimalist look by adding the logo peeking out from behind another torn piece of paper, and paired it with a black binding. If you are interested in purchasing this book, (which I highly recommend), check it out here on amazonCost Amazon

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