The final cover for Cranky Ladies of History (from Fablecroft) has been revealed, and I have permission to share the cover process which, as is usually the case with cut-paper pieces, was quite short!
Here are the initial thumbnail sketches which I sent through to Fablecroft.
Fablecroft decided to go with the silhouette style. I sketched it in pencil directly onto the back of a sheet of black paper (80gsm). Here are some shots,
Here is the final paper piece.
After scanning the silhouette in (and fixing a few small hiccups) I then tried several different layer effects in Photoshop Elements, added a shadow, and so forth.
I had fun mocking up cover quotes.
Fablecroft decided for the red version, which Amanda Rainey then laid out into the final cover design (this is the full hardback jacket).