This fall, you’ll finally be able to give your copy of Snow Like Ashes a sequel to snuggle with and the cover for it (which you are about to see) is absolutely stunning! Stay tuned for the cover reveal plus an interview with the cover’s designer, Erin Fitzsimmons and Jeff Huang, the wizard who created all of the art for the covers!
About ICE LIKE FIRE:
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch goes on sale October 13, 2015!
Are you ready for the cover?
Are you sure?
Wait! Before you see the cover, read what Sara Raasch has to say about the design:
“I loved the cover for SNOW LIKE ASHES, but I’m obsessed with the cover for ICE LIKE FIRE. The designer, Erin, is a force to be reckoned with, and Jeff, the artist, is so talented it makes me want to cry. I don’t know how I got so lucky as to have them both on my team, but I will continue making willing sacrifices on the altar of Freaking Gorgeous Covers just to be safe.”
Okay, now you are ready!
Here it is!
Cover Design Q&A
Now it’s time for a quick interview with Erin Fitzsimmons, the HarperCollins designer who put this gorgeous cover together and Jeff Huang, the digital artist who created all of the art you see on the Snow Like Ashes covers!
We LOVE this cover. What was your overall concept for the SNOW LIKE ASHSES series cover design?
Erin Fitzsimmons: Thank you! Because Sara had developed this world so fully, we were able to concept the entire series from the start, which is a rare treat for a designer. When I first read this manuscript, I was entranced by the vivid imagery of the four seasons, and the kingdoms that represented each season. I also couldn’t help being in love with Meira’s fierce spirit and, naturally, her awesome chakram-wielding skills. I knew we didn’t want to feature Meira on the cover, so I came up with the idea of combining the round shapes of the chakram and a globe that would represent the kingdoms in an iconic and fresh way. I created very rough sketches for all three book covers in-house, and then we hired the very talented Jeff Huang to bring the ideas to life!
Did you go through other design concepts before landing on this one?
Erin: Actually, no! Usually we go through far too many concepts to count before we settle on a direction, but because the world that Sara created was so lush and imaginative, we honed in on this idea pretty quickly. It just felt right, and as soon as we saw where Jeff was able to take the concept, we knew we had a great cover!
Briefly describe your design process. What steps are involved from initial sketch to final cover?
Erin: From initial sketch to final cover, we go through multiple rounds working directly with the Editor to finesse the details of the sketch. Depending on the style of art, we may be working with an illustrator, finding stock photography in-house, or planning a photo shoot to create an original image. There is a lot of back and forth as we refine the color palettes, typography, and composition. When we feel the cover is at a good place, we share with our Sales and Marketing teams. This happens earlier in the process for a photo shoot, for example, where as if we are using stock photography, they might see it later. We take their feedback and work towards final art, which is then shared with the author and agent. They may have feedback too, and we try find a resolution that makes all parties happy with their cover!
What is your favorite thing about designing book covers? What is your favorite element of the ICE LIKE FIRE cover?
Erin: GOSH. So many things. Okay. Favorite? I love reading and storytelling, so the fact that I am paid to create images that represent such wonderful stories is very special.
(Unofficial favorite: the SQUEALING. That’s my favorite thing about designing for YA. No one squeals over an Adult book cover.)
My favorite element of ICE LIKE FIRE is the color palette. The purple-y gray is just gorgeous, and the sparks of embers and flames are the perfect compliment. I also love how fantastic this cover looks next to Book One….and will look next to Book Three! 😉
This is Jeff! (Or at least part of him.)
Hi Jeff! How long did it take you to create the art for this cover?
Jeff Huang: It took a few weeks from start to finish since I had to wait for feedback, but the actual work of creating the cover illustration took roughly 1 week.
And which programs did you use?
Jeff: I just used Photoshop for Ice Like Fire. With Snow Like Ashes, I created the base of the Chakram in CGI using Maya, but I was able to carry that over to Ice Like Fire, so I didn’t need any CGI this time.
Why did you choose such a darker color palette this time?
Jeff: When I was originally commissioned to tackle the Snow Like Ashes trilogy, I knew immediately that I would want to “age” the sequential book covers. With Snow Like Ashes, being the first book, I wanted it to look fantastical but still have it be tamed. It was intended to feel like the calm before the storm. With Ice Like Fire being the second book, I shifted gears and aimed to take the audience into a deeper, more epic part of the series. As the story progresses in trilogies, they often get deeper and darker, so that is what I wanted to convey. The darker atmosphere is just one of the visual elements, I also spent a lot of time distressing and chipping away at the chakram itself, as if it has gone through many battles. The audience can definitely expect the last book cover of the trilogy to continue with my concept.
See more of Jeff’s artwork here! And follow him on Instagram!
What do you think of the cover? Tell us in the comments below!