I still can't believe that someone emailed me asking if it was possible for me to make the cover art of his upcoming single. The feeling is so surreal for me, you know. I always thought it wasn't possible. After all, my main focus was really in the book world but that doesn't mean I'm limited to that. There's just so many people I want to work with around the world, whether they're from the book world or not.
To be honest, I always wanted to work with artists - singers, rappers, producers, you know it - in the music field too. Being someone who can't survive without music - believe me, I can't work without music - it's my way of thanking them for making this world a better place with their art. It would be such a lonely world without music, don't you think so too? I know I still have a long way to go but it's a start and I couldn't thank Robino for giving me this chance!
I can't remember for how long I've been waiting to get the chance to finally design an OFFICIAL cover art for someone's album but here it is! Be sure to support artists and their art by purchasing a legit copy of their works.
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Fast forward to now - year 2017 - here we are once again. This time, it's not only for one category but two! If you're a friend of mine or follows me in any of my social media accounts, I'm sure that you've seen me post about this at least once. Maybe some people were getting tired of seeing those posts of mine but I'm not doing this just for myself.
The reason why I'm posting about this is because I want other people to discover all these books that were written by my clients - who are also such great friends of mine. I know that their books deserve to be read by a lot of people around the world. I'm not saying this just because they're my friends or clients. I'm saying this because I've read their books and personally, I do love them and I'm hoping you'll love them too. If you didn't, then that's fine. We all have our own preference and I respect that. The only thing I wanted was to reach people who haven't read these that liked the same type of books because I'm sure that they'll enjoy it as much as I did.
If you've seen my previous post about JABBIC 2016, you'll see that we entered 4 different books for 4 different categories. When the voting for the Reader's Choice started, I saw all the entries for the categories that we're part of. and to be honest, part of me thought that we won't make it. There were so many great covers out there and being in the same contest with the artists who created them - it's already an honor for me. Never in my entire life have I imagined to be doing what I'm doing now so how much more being in a contest with all these talented artists around the world?
"5 years ago, 10 years ago, none of these ever crossed my mind and I'm grateful to be here."
It's that time of the year again! Do you still remember when I joined JABBIC 2015? I was so blessed to have won 2nd place for the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal category in the Grand Prize with Marian Tee's My Werewolf Professor Boxed Set and it's all thanks to you guys! Marian and I truly appreciate all the support you've given us!
Now that it's that time of the year, I'm here to ask for your help again to help not only me but as well as these 3 amazing authors - R.E. Butler, Marian Tee, and Victoria Ashley - I joined with. These ladies aren't just talented at what they do but they are also some of the most amazing people I've met ever since I became a cover artist and I'm blessed to have the chance to work with each of them.
For Judge A Book By Its Cover(JABBIC) 2016, we have 4 entries for 4 different categories and I'm hoping that you could show your support for all 4 books. And if you haven't read any of them, please, do grab yourself a copy too. You'll surely enjoy them!
Like what I mentioned in my last post, I'll be showing you the difference between the lamination of my bookmark and business card. I would just like to remind you that these aren't simply printed. They were laminated in order to look this way.
First, I'll be showing how it would look from afar.
I'm sure you can tell that from afar, you could see the slight difference between the bookmark and the business card. You might also be wondering what's the small letter "C" that you're seeing. That's actually a normal print but I know, you can't tell the difference between the 3 of them.
Here you can take a closer look at both the business card and the bookmark. Now, you can tell that the bookmark has a glossy finish, which makes the different colors of the galaxy to look more alive.
Can you see the different look used on my business card? It doesn't have a glossy finish like the bookmark but you can see the fabric-like finish. Yes, that's the lamination used on my business card.
Now that you've seen the different lamination used on my business card and bookmark, what do you guys think?
Personally, I prefer the fabric lamination but that's only because I always preferred matte rather than glossy. So it might not be the same case for you. What I could share with you though - to help you decide on what lamination would fit what you need - is that if you're looking for a shiny and bright finish, go for Glossy. It doesn't only give it a shiny finish but it also help the colors look more alive so if you're printing something with a lot of colors especially striking ones, the best to use would be Glossy. Although I don't recommend glossy for pastel colors.
If you want your card, bookmark, or whatever you're printing, to have a texture or rough feel to it go for Fabric. I'm telling you now that it's not only for show. There really is textured applied to it thanks to the lamination so you can feel it once you touched it. I used it on my card because the main background I used for it is a textured background. It was the kind that you'll see whenever you take a closer look at a cloth or a jeans over a microscope so being able to feel that texture whenever you're holding the card makes it extra special. So far, I've only used the Fabric lamination on dark designs so I haven't seen how it would look when used in a bright/light design.
Hope these photos and explanation helps you understand what I'm talking about by "lamination"
If you're interested in getting yours done, just drop me an email at ctcovercreations(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll talk about it. I would also like to inform you that it's not limited to bookmarks and business cards. It could even be for an invitation or even a postcard! There's such a huge variety to choose from. Tell me what you need and I'll see whether it's something that could be done.