Cranky Ladies of History – cover art

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.

Cranky Ladies - cover thumbnails

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,

Cranky Ladies cover in progress

Here is the final paper piece.

Cranky Ladies cover WIP

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.

Cranky Ladies - alternative colourways

I had fun mocking up cover quotes.

Cranky Ladies cover WIP


Fablecroft decided for the red version, which Amanda Rainey then laid out into the final cover design (this is the full hardback jacket).

Cranky Ladies - final hardcover jacket

Cranky Ladies of History!

The latest anthology from Fablecroft PressCranky Ladies of History, is being released in March, and there is a giveaway on Goodreads (open worldwide).

Cranky Ladies cover

And yes, that is one of my silhouettes on the cover! I’ll post some of the sketches and process (and, if permitted, a peek at the illustrations I did for six of the stories) a little closer to release.


Cranky Ladies of History!

Cranky Ladies

I have been scribbling some practice historical cranky ladies, because the Cranky Ladies of History anthology is fully funded, which means I am illustrating it! But there are still three days left to pledge to help meet the stretch goals for the anthology and make sure you get your copy (and some extras).

Authors who have pitched or accepted invitations to contribute include:

  • Aidan Doyle
  • Alexis Larkin
  • Amanda Pillar
  • Angela Slatter
  • Ann Martin
  • Barbara Robson
  • Danica Green
  • David McDonald
  • David W. Landrum
  • Deborah Biancotti
  • Dirk Flinthart
  • Eugie Foster
  • Faith Mudge
  • Foz Meadows
  • Garth Nix
  • Havva Murat
  • Jane Yolen
  • Johanna Qualmann
  • Joyce Chng
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Justina Robson
  • Kaaron Warren
  • Kaia Landelius
  • Karen Healey
  • Kate Eltham
  • Kirstyn McDermott
  • Laura Lam
  • Lauren Beukes
  • Lisa Hannett
  • Liz Argall
  • Liz Barr
  • Liz Myles
  • Lyn Battersby
  • Nisi Shawl
  • Octavia Cade
  • Pat Cadigan
  • Rachel Swirsky
  • Rob Shearman
  • Sandra McDonald
  • Stephanie Lai
  • Sue Bursztynski
  • Sylvia Kelso
  • Thoraiya Dyer
  • Timmi Du Champ