Book cover design and book cover illustration by Duncan Long

Book cover illustration and cover design/layout for Dr. David Gelber’s soon-to-be-released Joshua and Aaron (Book Two in the series).

In creating this cover, our first thrust was to offer a view of a human card player and only death’s hand and cards showing. Logically this made the most sense since readers tend to identify with human characters, not skeletal figures. But the result proved to be less dramatic than had been hoped for, so we literally turned the table on things and created the final cover design shown here.

Originally demons were to appear around the table watching the game, but the “closeup” didn’t allow this so demonic faces were sketched into the red flames in the background.

And, yes, the hand greatly resembles my own, when held a few feet ahead of my face as I frantically sketch with my right hand :o)

Duncan Long is a freelance illustrator who occasionally does the design/layout work on books covers. His illustrations have been employed on covers from HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, Fort Ross, and many other publishers and self-publishing authors. See more of his cover illustrations and book cover designs at: