I know they say not to judge a book by its cover…but in my case, judge away!
The cover of my book, designed by Matt Bustin (aka Snuff), is getting quite a bit of attention, so, I thought I’d take a moment to explain all of the elements in the drawing. Folks seem to really get a kick out of my family being represented in caricature and to be totally honest, so do I!
I’ve known Matt for a while now. From sitting next to him for two years in our Design program, our daily drives to and from campus, becoming study partners often working late into the night…it all turned into a fabulous friendship that has continued well past graduation and surely will continue for years to come.
I’ve watched Matt doodle and draw hilarious pictures of people…capturing unique details in his fabulous style. So, it shouldn’t have surprised him when I asked him to design the cover of my book. Except that it did.
“I was thinking about your book cover,” he said a few days after I asked him. “What about a tree? You know, to represent growth and family.”
“A Tree? Ummmm…absolutely not,” I responded before going on to tell him what I envisioned and how his talents would come into play.
Then he followed it up with how thrilled he was that we’d actually be doing something he loved…how well I knew him…and how he really hated drawing trees!
Matt asked for a list of “must haves” for the drawing. Besides my children, there was the dog…a few of our activities…and a bit about what our family represented. Then, with knowledge in hand, he happily went off to do what it is he does best…draw! And then…just as I was getting excited to see the initial thumbnails…he told me he had no intention of showing me what it looked like…until it was done!
So I panicked!
I admit, it was a little bit freaky to trust the cover of your first ever book to someone else with suddenly no input and yet, I had faith in my friend. And when I saw the finished product…I was overwhelmed.
It was beyond what I could have imagined and yet EXACTLY what I wanted. Everything about my life…all summed up in that one drawing including a few things he added for fun. It’s as special to me as having a family photo taken…maybe more.
So…then we got to thinking…maybe you’d like one too!
As part of the promotion of Full Speed Ahead and my design company Drawbridge Creative (of which Matt is the illustrator because I simply can’t draw), we’ll be selling Matt’s drawings! A family (up to four people) with six items will cost $250 (price will increase from there depending on the number of items and people in the illustration.) The finished drawing will be the same size as the book (8×8) and printed on card stock. You can have a “title” on it if you choose…or nothing at all. They’ll be printed, signed and framed and hanging in your home to treasure for years to come.
AND…before you get all excited thinking of all of the upcoming occasions and the perfect person to commission this drawing for…hold your horses! We’re giving one away!
Here’s how you can win…
- Make a comment on this post about something you like about the cover illustration. In your comment, tell us about one MUST HAVE item that you’d want included in your illustration if you were to win.
- Share this post with your friends to get an extra ballot! (Just let me know in your comment how you told your friends and I’ll put your name in the draw a second time!)
- Buy my book by clicking on this link! Alright WHATEVER, you don’t have to buy the book to enter the contest but you should anyway…’cause it’s AWESOME!
- The giveaway will be open from now until Friday, January 17th, 2013 at nine a.m (my time!)
- The winner will be chosen using random.org and notified by email.
- Only comments on THIS post are eligible to win. Comments on other posts, Facebook or Twitter, while appreciated, are not considered.
- Only one comment per reader is eligible for entry into the contest PLUS, a second entry if you told your friends.
- Contest is open to residents of Canada.
While I’m sure lots of folks would LOVE to win this illustration…Matt is available immediately to begin drawing your unique family portrait in the very same style he drew mine!
Mine is currently about to be framed…and I can’t wait to find the perfect place to hang it.