I have the distinct privilege of hosting the cover reveal for Rayne Hall’s Thirteen British Horror Stories. And what better way to host a cover reveal than to sit down and chat with the artist, Nadica Boskovska. For more information on Thirteen British Horror Stories, please visit Rayne’s author page. Enjoy, and happy reading!
1. How long have you been an artist, Nadica?
– I’ve been painting ever since I can remember. There isn’t a long-standing artistic tradition in my family, but I’ve been blessed to have the support and understanding from my loved ones.
Painting is a truly important part of my life and it’s the best media to express my feelings. I paint the way some people write their autobiography and journals. It’s the movement of painting that interests me, the dramatic movement from one effort to the next, even if those efforts are perhaps not pushed to their ultimate end. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages of my journal, and as such they are big part of me.
2.You have a good number of book covers under your belt – how did you get started with this form of art?
– It was completely spontaneous. I love to paint and despite some side roads I’ve taken along the way, trying to make a career in other areas, I’ve always been brought back to my painting. Thanks to the love of art I’ve met so many inspiring people that share the same passion, but also some wonderful writers, who needed me to translate their thoughts and emotions and to create artworks, that will be complimenting and praising their books.
3. When a person commissions artwork from you, what sorts of details about the artwork do you need to create it? How closely do you work with the commissioner?
I always dedicate time to my clients and have a brief conversation for their book. First of all, I need to know what genre the book is and what kind of theme it is elaborating. I also ask the writer for their personal opinion about how they imagine the cover to look like and once I have that base, I work around it and try to enhance it, so that it’s appealing for the readers and makes them want to get the book and read it.
4. Where can people find out more about you and your artwork?
– The best way to find out more about my artwork is to visit my deviantART gallery:
Lovely cover, Nadica. Very captivating colors. Good luck to you and Rayne.
Thank you, Debbie, I’m so glad to have your approval.
Best of luck to you too. 🙂
I love it. Makes me wish I knew how to draw ;). Beautiful work.
Nadica – What descriptions/info. should a writer give an artist to be able to fit what is in the writer’s imagination – or better?
Thank you so much for the positive feedback! 🙂
I don’t know how other artists function, but to me, the best information a writer could give me is a short summary of the book, so that I would know what it is about and also a written description, or reference pictures for the characters (in case they want them illustrated on the cover as well). Once I have that info, I make the sketch and then discuss with the writer what they feel should be changed.
It’s all in the mutual cooperation. 🙂
Your art work is beautiful, Nadica. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.
Thank you very much! I’d be delighted to have that opportunity as well. 🙂
Thank you, Beth, happy you like it! 🙂