My first-ever book cover design for Riverbend Publishing is exciting to say the least! The design was actually a re-design of the first cover of Hiking With Grizzlies. The publisher felt that that cover was dated and didn’t draw in as wide of an audience as it should.
To get started, the author provided me with an old photo of a black bear on a trail, and then the rest was up to me (with publisher approval of course). I ultimately chose to use a map of Glacier National Park at low opacity as the background, and then found great fonts to use for the text layout.