Author Robert Gonko commissioned cover art for his new novel. We first went through several very rough layout ideas.
The author selected a version with the gun and a Bible on the cover.
Next, I created the text in Adobe Illustrator and assembled some different ideas in color. The gun is a 9mm Beretta, specifically referenced and used in the book. I used a public domain image from Wikimedia for the gun. The sketch called for a Bible and the gun to be on the front cover, but the layout was awkward with both elements. I decided instead to make the entire cover reminiscent of a bible, and use the gun as a solitary element.
The author chose the black cover with gold and silver text effects.
A few spacing, lighting and alignment corrections later, and we had the final version.
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