Illustrated Book Cover Designs for Self-publishing Authors
I’m a book cover designer, artist and illustrator based in the UK. I enjoy working with clients from all parts of the world, creating bespoke artwork for a variety of uses. For 16 years, I have created professional and attractive print-ready book cover designs, accurately formatted to the author’s specific requirements. I often work with first-time authors that find the publishing process daunting and stressful. My aim is to make the cover design as stress-free as possible. I will guide the author every step of the way to ensure that the completed artwork is perfect and even better than expected. If you have any questions about my working processes, please feel free to email me. I appreciate you taking the time to view my portfolio, which I am very proud of.
About the artist
I have been a freelance book cover designer for 16 years, beginning the same year that I completed my Illustration degree. After some research, I quickly found a niche in the market for bespoke illustrated book cover designs. At the time, it seemed typical that artists would create the art, and the designers would incorporate that artwork into their design. This seemed rather convoluted to me, and could easily lead to problems with the overall design due to important aspects of the artwork being covered by the text, or unexpected cover sizes that crop the artwork in a way that wasn’t intended. It makes much more sense to have a single designer that is also a professional artist. So, I decided that I could fill this gap in the market. There were no real social media websites back then, so I chatted on newsgroups and found a publishing website that was interested in providing me with my own design page. The page quickly got me lots of inquiries from authors, and within a year, I had a nice portfolio of designs and was able to set up my own website. I’m quite proud of some of those early designs, considering that my tools consisted of a generic A5 drawing tablet with a wire attached to the pen! Technology has certainly come a long way since then. I now work on a 22″ Wacom tablet, where I draw directly onto the screen. I can work so much quicker now, and much more efficiently.
The photos below are some of my author friends proudly promoting their books in different ways. They have all been a real joy to work with, and I love keeping up to date with their progress. I feel proud to be a part of their story.
“I am delighted with my book covers and would not hesitate to recommend Sam to anyone.” -Cathy Farr
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking on this monumental project and putting my thoughts and concepts to life with my book’s pages.” -Robert B. Fried
“It is always a pleasure Sam, thank you for my amazing book covers” –Michelle Holland
“I was really happy to work with Sam Wall, not solely because she created the perfect picture, iconic! I am also grateful for her bespoke service. She was very patient and professional.” –Amanda Epe