Greetings all! I’m happy to say I’m catching up on my interviews for the Book Cover of the Month bracket. Today, I’m sharing my interview with Amalia Chitulescu, the cover artist who designed the December BCOTM winning cover, Betrayer’s Bane.
Hello Amalia! I just want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview. I’m a huge fan of the BCOTM brackets, and yours will always be special because it was the first. Let’s get started.
When did you get into art?
How long have you been creating covers?
For almost seven years. The first cover that I realized was in 2010. By 2014, I had a break, working for a personal portfolio.
What got you started in creating covers?
Honestly, at first I started with each photo-manipulations. When I was at the beginning of my career, I never thought I would become a cover artist in the future, I was just doing what I loved. After the first client contacted me, in 2010, I started to be a lot more interested in working in this field.
Do you have someone who inspired your own work? If so, Why? Why?
Yes. I have always loved Sandara’s artworks.
What makes you choose to work with an author or not?
I’m excited to work with anyone as long as there is a mutulal respect.
What do you look for in a great client?
There are some clients with whom I worked who showed me more than respect. They are wonderful clients who have kept their word, but in the meantime, they are also very good writers. I can also see that through the way they are lovingly describing every scene, every detail, so that the cover can be perfect. In general, I want to consider that all my clients are great.
What are some of your pet peeves about clients?
One of my biggest pet peeves is lack of respect. I had to deal at the beginning with some disrespectful clients, but this certainly was adjusted over time. It is true that some customers want to pay the lowest possible price for what they get, but overall, I did not have this problem.
What would an author need to do to work with you? Do you have a link to your standard rates, or do you negotiate fees by author?
I always give them a list of requirements, with everything I need to know, in order to realize the cover they dream for. I have always tried to make every author 100% happy with the final product. We must also understand each other about the deadline. I do have a price list, the price starts from a standard one, and can increase depending on the level of detail involved, the level of hand-painted elements, the author’s requests, ect.
How did you come to be chosen to create the cover for Betrayer’s Bane?
Michael and I have worked together before. I am honored to be his cover artist.
Artistically, what were your goals for the cover?
My biggest goal for this cover was to manage to express, though an illustration, the painful feeling of the protagonist.
How was Michael to work with?
He’s always amazing. He’s a nice person. We are on the same wavelength. We understand each other very well.
Betrayer’s Bane was an awesome image. Is it your favorite? If so, why?
It is, yes. The image radiates a very strong emotion. I do not know why, but I find it easier to work in a more darker theme in the illustrations.
What can we expect to see from you next?
Hopefully many other illustrations, which I hope to enjoy and inspire you. Soon, I’ll open the website, and wills tart working on a new portfolio.
Is there anything you’d like to say to readers?
Never give up, and stay true to your dreams.
Thank you again for taking this time with us, Amalia! Best of luck in the Book Cover of the Year bracket.
I’m honestly having a blast with this whole idea. Just having the chance to look at work and see what others think is amazing. I hope you’re all having fun voting and seeing what the artists think.
Thanks for reading,