Cover Reveal: Secrets of Sunbeams

Posted on Jun 6, 2016

I’m so excited to show you the first book cover in a brand new series, Secrets of Sunbeams by Valerie Comer. Check back on Wednesday for the full story of how I made this adorable cover

How Great Covers Can Help You Transition From Traditional to Indie Publishing

Posted on Mar 2, 2016

So, your book was traditionally published. You had a professional editor help you to make it awesome, and a professional designer create your cover. Now the rights for that book have reverted back to you and you’re considering self publishing. While you have the rights to the book itself, you almost certainly don’t have the […]

4 Things I’ve Gained by Picking an Illustration Style

Posted on Jan 20, 2016

Over the past year I’ve gone from creating art in multiple styles: (and that’s just the main ones, there were countless variations) To creating art in one style: I shared back in April about why and how I developed a consistent style, but I wanted to give an update on what a difference it’s been making […]

Goals for 2016

Posted on Jan 6, 2016

Hello 2016! I was quite happy with the progress I made in 2015. I got more organized, kept to a regular posting schedule and made a more cohesive portfolio. I feel like I’ve built a great foundation for the work I want to do this year. I had three goals last year, and this year […]

Merry Christmas!

Posted on Dec 23, 2015

No thoughts on cover design today, just warm wishes from my family to yours. Have some cookies, snuggle some loved ones. See you next week.

How to Find a Cover Designer You Can Trust

Posted on Dec 16, 2015

If you’re looking for a designer to start a business relationship with, it’s important to find someone who will be reliable. But how can you know who you can trust when you haven’t worked with them before? Here are 5 questions to help you find a cover designer who won’t let you down: 1. Do they […]

Podcasts for Creative Professionals (Authors, Artists, or Designers)

Posted on Nov 4, 2015

  My name is Hanna Sandvig and I am addicted to podcasts. I am often listening while I draw or work on book cover design and I nearly always have my earbuds in while I am doing dishes or folding laundry. Listening to podcasts gives my brain something to do while my body is busy […]

Tools of a Cover Designer’s Trade: Digital Art

Posted on Oct 14, 2015

This is a continuation of my series on the tools I use to create my custom book cover art for indie authors. You can catch my previous post on my photography gear here. I’ve been drawing since I was two and my art took a turn for the digital nearly 20 years ago (I had […]

A Little Bakery Makeover

Posted on May 18, 2015

Hey guys, I had a lot of fun this week doing a makeover for the website! I designed a new logo and baked up a batch of cupcakes (and got a talented friend to frost them for me) to give this site a look that lives up to it’s name. Here’s a little behind the […]

How I developed my book cover illustration style

Posted on Apr 8, 2015

I constantly see young artists asking “how do you find your style?” and the prevailing wisdom is “you make a lot of art, and your style finds you”.  Everywhere that I’ve seen “style” discussed, that’s the only answer given.  Just keep drawing.  Just keep drawing.  Wait for the magic. But what if there is no […]