I'm just amazed at the wonderful work Grace A. Griffin does.
"I thought the sense of dissolution in this reclaimed theater in an obviously crumbling neighborhood, and the slight sense of foreboding (which I accentuated by darkening the doorway and converting what was a photo into a pen & inky style image with dark outlines and details) all hinted at the traumatic events of the story. Desaturating the image a bit, and all the blues & greys in it, add to a kind of "detached" feeling.
But then I like the warm colors that balance out those blues & greys - the brick wall, the front sidewalk and pillars, and the marquees that frame the title. And the way the eye follows the marquees to the title, which rises up to that sharp angle projecting into a clear pale blue (not grey-blue) sky. I thought that gave a kind of uplifting contrast/finish to the image that keeps it from feeling claustrophobic or depressing. And I liked the way that strong angle then swoops off the right side because it makes me just want to follow it and turn the page (cover) to see what's next.
Maybe I overthink this stuff, but it's what goes through my head when I'm working on a project. You should see me trying to pick just the right fonts!
So obviously the theater relates to the church in the book, I tried to find one that looked like it could be the location you described. At first I just had the title printed normally across the image, but the more I played with it, the more I liked it looking like it's on the side of the building. I think, since it's on that prominent blank wall and framed in reds, that it's still easy to read and clearly the title and doesn't get lost in the image or look too gimmicky."
I am just thrilled with everything Grace has developed for me, and I encourage any writer who is looking for a graphic artist, for either web design or print work, to drop her a line.
Thanks again, Grace!