Day 21. 51 pages, 23,853 words.

Nothing much to say today, the eat-off was hilarious but the lads quite definitively bit off more than they could chew. Photos later.

Today, I received and paid for my final cover for Damorak from Gabriel Gajdoš. So here it is, Hatstand exclusive. But first, the drafts.

The first draft was based on my general description of the Destarion, and the idea that we show some sort of continuation from the Molran cover, to show the Godfang inside the bonefields. There was no literal cloud, of course, but we’re talking artistic license here.


I said I’d like to show a bit of tusk-bend, in the full awareness that this would unavoidably give the whole thing a phallic look (especially if the lower point was hidden). Gabriel wanted to go for a Giger-look to the ship to make her more of a character (as indeed she is), but although it looks super-cool I had to protest that the driving point of the Trampsters’ encounter with the Destarion is that she was smooth and they couldn’t find anything that might be an access point. The Giger-look offers too much that they definitely would have commented on in the book.


The simplified version was also good, but still had some lines and holes that I think the crew would have aimed for if they’d been that visible.


Gabriel added some texture and weathering, and I still insisted on getting rid of the lines that look like openings. I was a bit fussy on this score and I know the end result was a bit more boring and the detail is only really visible in the big versions … but it is just more accurate to the ship.


So the final version, going out to the printers today and heading into the Amazonian ether early in the week, looks like this:


Penile, yet motherly.

And here’s my updated gif.


Can’t wait to see what Gabriel comes up with for the final cover.


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5 Responses to Damorak

  1. brknwntr says:

    As great as this versions did look, you went to quite slot of trouble to point out the smooth surface in the book. It would have been a fairly large difference.

    • stchucky says:

      Agreed. I think the Giger-look of the early draft could easily be adapted into the Damorakind watchtowers around the Portal, though. If we happen to go for something like that on cover #8.

  2. dreameling says:

    Another extremely cool-looking cover. I imagined the ship to be slightly different — less penile, more fangile [1] — but I’m glad you insisted on your vision (and locked-in prose).

    [1] Yes, I know that’s not a word. Bite me.

    • stchucky says:

      Yeah, the fang extends down and back into the cloud where it comes to a point, hopefully readers will get that from the text and apply it to the cover.

  3. aaronthepatriot says:

    Well, hey, it’s your book. Does still look awesome but I liked his earlier drafts. But, it’s still your book and I’ll get used to it, and future readers won’t see other versions so it probably doesn’t matter in the end what I think!

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