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Featured Artwork: “Celebrity Cat Capers” Book Cover

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The final cover.

Author Patricia Fry has published her sixth novel in the mystery series “Klepto Cats”, this one titled The Celebrity Cat Caper.

In this story, Rags begins work as a therapy cat in a children’s reading program, a film crew filming him in action films…something else, and Rags becomes a celebrity!

So how does the cover above reflect that? Well, as always, our cover designs wander a bit. The children’s reading program takes place in a lovely walled outdoor garden and that is where the filming happens. The first quick sketches I did showing a little girl reading with Rags and someone filming just looked…creepy. I took the camera out, and they looked like a children’s book and not a mystery.

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One of the first sketches.

We discussed a few other ideas and decided to borrow something we’d done on the cover for Cat-Eye Witness to show Rags and children and lots of color, but make it clear there was something else to the story.

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An early cover design.

That didn’t quite do it either. We discussed a few other parts of the story and decided to use an interior from the house where Rags and his people lived and where some of the filming happened as well, and, sinister events occur and a mystery is solved. Really loving the Victorian look we chose Rags on the steps, and as a part of the story comes back around to the first book, I used Rags from that cover, but but this time he’d stolen a blue bra instead of pink. Below is the actual sketch.

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The final sketch.

For this sketch I used my multi-media art paper and pastel pencils because it had so many tiny details and patterns.

I’ve illustrated five other covers for Patricia: Catnapped , Cat-Eye Witness, Sleight of Paw, Undercover Cat, and The Colony Cat Caper. All books are available in both electronic and print versions on

About the illustration materials

A two-sided bookmark for the four books in the series so far.

I don’t use paper for most of these illustrations but chose Ampersand brand Pastelbord, which is a piece of Masonite with a very fine clay and marble-dust coating that has very little texture but holds layers of pastel so I can both do my finger-painting thing with blending softer pastels and sketch with harder pastels and pastel pencils, and it stand up well to multiple changes.

The original illustration is actually 8″ x 10″ so it fits in my scanner. I began the painting with soft pastels to cover the major areas with layers of color. I finished up the details and edges with pastel pencils.

You can find these books and more by Patricia Fry on Reviews have been good, and a few reviewers have even mentioned the covers! I hope you enjoy these books, and Patricia and I are already beginning the cover for the fifth book in this series. That woman can write!

We also designed a two-sided bookmark that includes all four books so far which Patricia can hand out at book signings and book shows.

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Read more about book covers I’ve designed. Also, click here to read more about the Purrs of Wisdom cover and bookmarks, and also about books I’ve designed on my blog, What’s New?

Are you interested in illustrations or a book cover, or book design? Please contact me, I’ll be happy to discuss your project.

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