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Study in Scarlet - Book Cover

By whitefantom
I've decided to focus my freelance graphic design work on designing book covers for self-published and POD authors. I did this design of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first novel featuring Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet, as a sample for my portfolio (and also because I love Sherlock Holmes :-) ).

Hand print and blood splatters: Stock.Xchng
Blood drips: ~Blood--Stock
Arthur Conan Doyle photo: Wikipedia
About the author text adapted from Wikipedia.
I also used brushes from two sets of spatter brushes, but I've long since lost the creator's names, so if you recognize anything, let me know.

Photoshop CS3, February 2010
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Great cover. I recently helped start a Facebook group for women writers of Sherlockian materials. Would you consider allowing us to use this as a cover picture for a while? Thanks.
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Thanks! And you're welcome to use this for your Facebook group (just be sure to credit me--Jennifer Doneske--with a link back here to my DeviantArt gallery if possible). And while I haven't written any Sherlock Holmes materials myself, I'm a huge fan of the Holmes stories, so I'd love to see the group myself if you can send me a link to it.

Again, thanks so much! :-)
Thank you very much. I absolutely will credit you and post the link. It's a closed group, so I would have to "friend" you or you me and then add you to the group (which I'd be happy to do, of course). Otherwise, I could send you some screenshots if that seems like too much. Thank you again!
Marthai5's avatar
Love this! Really well designed :)
Kate-Kyrillion's avatar
Really nice work, I like the idea of Sherlock Holmes covers done in completely modern graphic-y way. The 'rache' on the back is just enough to hint at the story... cool.