MEME: The Cover Story – The Mageri Series by Dannika Dark (@DannikaDark)
To go along with today’s cover reveal of Impusle (Mageri #3), I decided to do our meme the Cover Story on this series.
The artwork on this series truly is beautiful and as readers, we have gotten a glimpse of the process of creating each of the covers as they go. Dannika Dark is one of the few authors out there that doesn’t hold the process close to her chest. She shares her progress – from writing to artwork – on her blog.
The banner in the title section of this meme is from a series of banners that she has created for Facebook. There are TONS of them on her Facebook for you to check out. The ones that are here in this post are from her blog.
ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF DANNIKA DARK. I DON’T OWN ANY OF THESE AND DID NOT CREATE ANY OF THESE. WE ARE SIMPLY USING THE IMAGES FOR THE PURPOSE OF SHOWING HER MAD SKILLS. *wink wink*
This first cover is for Sterling. Sterling is book #1 in the Mageri series. As I said previously, the artwork in itself is wonderful but the thing that really made me pay attention to this series was when I was surfing Facebook on day and Dannika posted a picture of the original model photo that was used to create the book cover. Unfortunately, from where I am drafting this post, I cant get to her Facebook to get the original photo but I was able to find an image on her site of a panel of concepts for the cover (see below).
Here is the cover for Twist, book #2 in the Mageri series. Although a completely different looking cover, it still has the same “feel” to it, plainly displaying that the book is part of the same series.
This is a rejected concept cover for Twist that Dannika had on her site.
And last but not least, we have Impulse. Impulse is book #3 in the Mageri series and Dannika just revealed the cover today. Again, totally different cover with the same feel.
It is difficult to create a series of book covers that tie together without starting to feel like you’re recycling ideas. Dannika has done a wonderful job of avoiding that pit fall. And, from all the reading I did on her site, I am pretty sure that aside from the model photography, the artwork is all by her.
If you’d like to see more info about the Mageri series or just want to cyber stalk Dannika’s website like I do, please feel free to pop on over to http://dannikadark.blogspot.com/. Or you can follow her on any of these platforms as well:
Here are some examples of the banners that she created for the Facebook cover photos as well as some random graphics from her blog that all have the same feel: