My biggest project to date, as the owner of Rowan Design: Henry’s Puzzle. The author, Henry Dahut, was working with an artist at the Ashland Art Center, Miles Frode, for illustrations for his book. My office was upstairs from Miles’ studio (we’ve both since moved out), and Henry and I ended up talking for some time. Eventually, he hired me to design the book cover and interior for self-publishing.
The cover alone was a major project. Miles painted the puzzle-piece infinity symbol, and I photographed it and edited the photo in Photoshop, adding the 3-D quality and adusting the color to make it pop. Once the infinity was ready, we had to put the rest of the elements in place. The starry background and the sun glinting over a planet were separate images. I drew and tweaked the glowing string of infinities, and I added the lens flare at the center of the the puzzle-piece infinity. It sounds much simpler than it was.
In addition to the front and back matter and the text of the book, the interior included illustrations by Miles, which I scanned in and adjusted for print, as well as multiple diagrams, sketched out by Henry and recreated digitally by myself.
Cover to cover, I laid out every page, drew every diagram, manipulated every image, and even proofread and edited the entire book. It’s available as a softcover and an ebook (Kindle | Nook | iOS), and if enough people buy it, Henry might decide to publish another book.