The Northwoods Girl cover idea was of the two main characters "parading" through the woods. It lent itself nicely to the format. I wanted to bring in the rustic feel of birch trees (so special to this area), and so by framing the main image in faux wood-bark, this special location detail was worked in.

The Northwoods Girl cover idea was of the two main characters "parading" through the woods. It lent itself nicely to the format. I wanted to bring in the rustic feel of birch trees (so special to this area), and so by framing the main image in faux wood-bark, this special location detail was worked in.

A few photos of the process, from inspiration and research to sketch and final art.