Today's guest post is by Scott Lee of Scott Lee Designs. His company designed the covers for a number of Voice products and other Thomas Nelson products.
A Memorable Cover: The Voice of Hebrews
by Scott Lee
I was walking downtown one day and came across this homeless guy on the sidewalk and thought he looked like a great old, biblical character. Since I knew we were working on the cover to The Voice of Hebrews: the Mystery of Melchizedek, I thought it would be a great idea to shoot him as a model and use him on one of the proposed cover designs. You see, when a publisher hires a design agency to create a book cover, the agency sends them a lot of comps (proposed designs), to choose from. I asked him if he would be interested in wearing a costume and letting me shoot some pictures of him for a book cover, for money of course, and he said, “you bet!”
We decided on a time and place to meet to shoot the pictures, so I went and rented a costume, drove back to where we agreed to meet and he actually showed up! I explained the project to him, what the book was about and the concept behind the whole Voice line of products, then shot a ton of photos of him. I paid him his money, told him thanks, and agreed that I would come back when the book was printed to give him a copy.
When I received the printed books, I took a couple and drove back downtown to where we had met and tried to find him, but to no avail. I even went over to a little convenience store nearby thinking the owner may know who he was since he probably came in often. They knew him and told me where he usually sleeps. So, I drove over to the place they told me he camps (that place was scary); but I couldn't find him anywhere. Unfortunately I was never able to connect with him again to give him a copy of the book. It was a great experience though, even if I was never able to close the story well.