I have to say that working on the art in For My People, especially the cover, has been one of the most exciting and enjoyable parts of publishing...second only to editing. Editing, in and of itself, is like peeling that hangnail a little farther than you had anticipated, knowing you shouldn't have and then having your eleven year old son look over at you as you cringe in pain and say, "you shouldn't have done that, mom," in his most motherly tone. EXCEPT, when one has the editor that I have, but that...is another post.
The art I am using in For My People, and the process to complete said art, had a very different affect on me. There was no pain, no regret of stupidity, and no adolescent boy smirking and shaking his head in bewilderment (HA! Okay, maybe my editor did shake his head and smirk, but again, that is another post!). Thankfully.
Katie Stewart at Magic Owl Design is nothing less than the master. I do not have much to compare her to, but in my world she IS Obi-wan-Katie. She truly is; she is so amazing. I've never spoken to her on the phone, let alone seen her in person. In fact, we live on opposite sides of the globe! But, I feel like I know her and love her. She took my dream, my vision, and made it a reality. I do not have the foggiest clue how she did it, but she did.
And this is it...This work of art blends time periods, ancient and recent; it blends courage and pain; life and death. But most importantly, the artwork itself tells a story.
Náakni tiichámpa anamɨnán iwachá úyt tíin, kwnáknam áwyaxta ɨwátimani wak’íshwit pshwápa.
"All around the world, wherever people were first, you will find their lives recorded in stone."
(Beavert & Hargus, Ichishkíin Sɨnwit Sahaptin Dictionary, 2009)