Thursday, October 24, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: Interview with Vongue (Cover Artist for Bump in the Night)

Hi Vongue, thanks for joining us at Pants off Reviews.

Walk me through your creative process? In what order do you work? 
First I look for similar concepts and search for inspiration in a common theme. At some point in my head a pretty sharp picture forms of how the art should look in the end, and then I start looking for references. Most times it's not a single photo, but different references for the general pose, left hand, right leg... Sometimes for references, when I can't find them online, I take photos of people who kindly agree to suffer for me. =)

How much does the author's ideas of how a cover should look influence the cover design? 
Pretty much. Generally I try to stick to an author's ideas as close as possible, if they are realizable, and if not then I find an alternative.

Do you prefer to use a reference or not, and if so, how do you go about finding the right references for your paintings? 
I think I just answered that in the question about "creative process". =) I can only add that most artists who draw in a realistic style always use references, more or less.

This is your first cover with Riptide Publishing, what are your favorite covers and why? Which author(s) would you like to work with next? 
My favorite covers are by Petite Madame (Fragile Bond, Mark of the Gladiator, He Is Worthy) and Imaliea (Power Play: Resistance, A Glutton for Punishment, The Flesh Cartel #14: Independence Day). I know them from deviantArt and I adore their styles. Colors, realism, composition - everything!

Bio: To learn more about Vongue's art, please visit her DeviantArt page at

About Bump in the Night:

Turn off the lights . . . and turn on your darkest fantasies.

Demon pacts. Ghostly possessions. Monsters lurking in the depths. The things that go bump in the night frighten us, but they also intrigue us. Fascinate us. Even turn us on.

Join us as fan favorites Ally Blue and Kari Gregg bring over-amorous aquatic beasts to life with their mythic twists on the Siren and the monster in the lake. Erotic horror pros Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler, and Brien Michaels show us just how sexy scary can be with a pair of demon deals destined to curl your toes and set your heart thrashing. And literary masters Laylah Hunter and Peter Hansen weave haunting worlds where ghosts and dead lovers can touch our hearts (and other, naughtier places too . . .) and teach us lessons from beyond the grave.

By turns exciting, evocative, and exquisitely explicit, the stories in Bump in the Night are sure to scratch your sexy paranormal itch. Explore your wildest fantasies with us in this collection of dark erotic tales.

You can read an excerpt from each story and buy the whole anthology here!

Contest:Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing gift certificate! Entries close at midnight, EST, on November 2nd, and one grand prize winner will be contacted on November 3rd. Contest is valid worldwide.


  1. The cover for Bump In The Night looks really amazing! (And I love it that the artist is a part of the Bump in the Night Blog Tour!)
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  2. I love the full image and agree with Julia - it's great to have the artist included in the tour :)

  3. I always appreciate learning more about the cover artists!


  4. Thanks for the really interesting interview!

  5. It is interesting to learn about the creative process for books and their covers. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very interesting creative process. Thanks for the wonderful interview and for sharing what process is followed for book covers.

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  7. Good interview. The cover certainly makes a statement about the contents and gives me a goosebump or 2.

  8. I love that cover - very apt for this time of year.

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  9. Oh, that full image is just... gah. Lovely. Thank for sharing!


  10. Awwww thank you all so much for your nice comments about the cover! I enjoyed working on it and it's very nice to get such a great feedback =))


  11. The cover certainly captures the eye and draws you in.
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  12. Wow! How long does it take to create this cover? It is eerily beautiful!


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