22 comments on “Wolf in League blog tour – Interview with Cover Artist Raphael

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  2. Fascinating, always fun to hear different perspectives on things. And I’m now currently shocked to hear these are all made and not photo manipulated. In hindsight, I suppose it’s obvious but I so did not get that impression originally. Now I feel silly. Amazing work, and glad to learn more about you North. 😀

    • Thanks, Frosty! I think a couple of the backgrounds were… hmm… photo inspired? Painted over? On Wolf, en Garde and Wolf, in League Raphael had mentioned that they began with photos. It sticks in my mind because I remember getting the opportunity to peek through the photos with him, and they were awesome. 😀

  3. I don’t suppose this specimen of being we know as Raphael is actually not human at all and comes from the realm of the Fae and who may have an ancestor from the celestial realm? 🤔

    I think one of the reasons why I wish I could draw but never truly stepped into it was the daunting task. Writing is difficult, but drawing is, in my mind, even more so. The first time I saw someone put in all the intricate details by hand, I pretty much had Matthew’s reaction from Lyle’s educating him about shifting. If I hadn’t gripped whatever it was I was holding AND sitting down, I would be on my buttocks for sure.

    Couldn’t tell that you never did this kind of art before the covers. Looks very natural, but I don’t have a trained artist eye, so take that how you will. 😅

    Thank you for the peek into you! ❤️😋👍🏼

    • I couldn’t agree with you more! The ability to draw, to create life/atmosphere from a single picture, has always fascinated me. And watching Raphael’s progress was even more so. It never came down to a visual concept with any of the three covers, it was always a mood thing. We could talk for hours about what we should “see” in the picture, but the moment we broken it down to what we should “feel” about the picture, Raphael HAD it. 😀

      Thank you for stopping in to read and comment! ❤

  4. I enjoyed the interview with Raphael it was so interesting find out how the covers were made and also learning how much work goes into them, I also liked finding out more about the artist and his work. AF you were lucky to get such a great artist for your book covers.

    • Thank you, Shirley! I couldn’t agree with you more. 😀

      I can’t tell you how happy it’s making me that you (and the other awesome readers) are enjoying the tour so much. It’s great to be able to read all the comments again and just say “heya!” to you all again after so much time. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

  5. I thought the cover was gorgeous. To be honest, I always prefer NON human cover for my books; or there are couples I prefer them with clothes on *LOL*. I am not a visual person, so I didn’t care about cover featuring people. And I’m asexual so all those naked torso or men/couples that my friends sometime all drool on just don’t do anything for me. But give me cover like this, that give moods, or cover with landscape, or still-life, or simply gorgeous typography art cover, and I’m hooked!

    • Thank you! I’m thrilled you like them as much as I do. 😀

      I don’t mean to talk ill about anyone else’s cover, but the naked torso guys don’t really do it for me either. Not when it comes to a cover, anyway. I’m like you — I like the atmosphere to be displayed. Also, I remember reading a tweet that Megan Derr put out about how covers like that (naked, sexy people) aren’t allowed everywhere. I think, in respect to her particular tweet, it was about shipping novels into prisons.

      Thank you very much for your kind words and joining us again! ❤

    • I was so excited when I saw the banner that I think every neighbour in my apartment complex heard me yelp. 😄

      Thank you so much for stopping in to read and comment! I’m happy I got to share him with you all. ❤

  6. Wonderful pics. Congrats on your new book. It sounds great. I love gay urban fantasy and paranormal, and the book blurb and excerpt made it a tbr.

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  8. Wow, this was truly an adventure for Raphael and one that came out super fabulous! I really like the covers, especially the first and last. I’m on my way to check his other art.
    Much success to you, Henley, and also to Raphael!
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com

  9. I love reading interviews. This is the first I’ve read with the artist of the cover. Just reading about the artistic process is so exciting. Please pass along my best wishes for Raphael to reach dream of making him a good artist who can live a decent life from his work. (I believe he is on his way!)

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