Below you’ll find my Book Cover & Layout projects.


My book cover and layout designs are imbued with emotion, color, storytelling and an experimental spirit. I love to combine traditional mediums (handmade embroidery, colored pencil, graphite, paint) with digital typography, photography & graphics.


Whether it's a personal book project, a cover for a novel, or a manga, I'll use my strong sense of color and narrative

design to help bring your concept to life.


Skills

Graphic Design

Digital Design

Illustration

Typography



  • Photography
  • Photo Retouching
  • Mixed Media
  • Embroidery

Software

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Clip Studio Paint Pro




Cover for my Fantasy Short Story – The Crystal Seers


Hand Embroidery, Colored Pencil,

Graphite & Adobe Photoshop


I used hand embroidery, colored pencil & graphite as a nod to the analog culture where my story takes place, everything is handmade. Additionally, I wanted to try something different, and make the cover stand out with a hand embroidered title. I'm a big believer in combining traditional & digital mediums.


Book Cover for …And Other Stories


Released On 04/10/18 by

La Casita Grande Editores


Hand-cut Collage & Colored Pencil


This book cover was developed and revised with the editors. It was inspired by one of the stories in the book featuring a bullfighter. They gave me the concept and allowed me to run free in terms of what mediums to use. I chose colored pencil and collage because I wanted to create a one-of-a-kind image.

Cover for my First Photography Book The [Masc] We Wear


Studio Self-Portrait Digital Photography


To preview or purchase the book please visit: bit.ly/gothamdreamingphoto


The [Masc] We Wear is a self-portrait photo series that explores the boundaries of masculinity within realm of beauty. I am attempting to show that men can retain their manhood while wearing body paint and posing with butterflies. Masculinity exists within the mind of each man and is not directly related to one’s outward appearance. Due to the props I am using, you would expect to see a woman in the image, but instead you’ll see me. Men can be beautiful as well, and don’t have to sacrifice or give up any portion of their virility to prove it.

The [Masc] We Wear – Sample Spread 1


Studio Self-Portrait Digital Photography


The [Masc] We Wear – Sample Spread 2


Studio Self-Portrait Digital Photography


Cover for Los Elementos Adentro de Mi


Mixed Media Magazine Project

Colored Pencil & Studio Self-Portrait Digital Photography


To preview or purchase please visit:

http://bit.ly/loselementosmagazine


Los Elementos Adentro de Mi is a mixed media project that consists of photo collages, illustrations, handmade artist books and digital photographs. With this project I wanted to explore the relationship between the body and the elements – earth, air, fire, water and spirit. I also wanted to push myself and see how I could take a concept and translate it using different mediums.





Los Elementos Adentro de Mi – Sample Spread 1


Hand-cut Collage & Studio Self-Portrait Digital Photography







Los Elementos Adentro de Mi – Sample Spread 2


Colored Pencil & Hand Embroidery






Cover for my Second Book of Poetry – Red Soul Into the Dark


Colored Pencil, Hand-cut Collage, Digital Typography

Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator


To preview or purchase the book please visit:

bit.ly/redsoulpoetrybook


Red Soul Into the Dark is David's second collection of poetry. He explores journeying into the unknown with his heart ablaze, facing the fears, doubts and thoughts waiting in the dark. Freedom's light and the comforts of joy and love, are a constant motivator to navigate through life's obstacles, no matter how scared you are.


Red Soul Into the Dark – Sample Spread 1




Red Soul Into the Dark – Sample Spread 2




Cover for my Second Photography Book

Yuuma: The Geisha Redux


Studio Self-Portrait Digital Photography


To preview or purchase the book please visit: bit.ly/gothamdreamingyuumaphoto


In these images I am exploring breaking down and

re-imagining the geisha aesthetic. Utilizing kimono fabric and traditional geisha props, I aim to show another way of looking at the geisha: a view that is unearthed one image at a time. Interspersed with these images are photos taken at the Chinese Scholar's Garden in Staten Island, NY. The landscape looks like it could be from somewhere in Japan, so I thought those images would complement the geisha photos nicely.






Yuuma: The Geisha Redux – Sample Spread 1


Studio Self-Portrait & Landscape Digital Photography








Yuuma: The Geisha Redux – Sample Spread 2


Studio Self-Portrait & Landscape Digital Photography








Front Cover to my First Collection of Collages –

Pieces of Gion


Hand-cut Collage and Marker


To preview or purchase the book please visit: bit.ly/gothamdreamingcollagebook


This is a book of collages that combine my own photographs along with origami papers that have kimono inspired patterns. I wanted to create a book of collages as a way to showcase my development utilizing a fairly new skill set. Furthermore, in these collages I aimed to use a minimalist approach to the design aesthetic. Following the "less is more" concept that is prevalent in Japanese design.







Pieces of Gion Sample Spread 1


Hand-cut Collage & Digital Landscape Photography










Pieces of Gion Sample Spread 2


Hand-cut Collage & Digital Landscape Photography










Mateo – Book Cover Concept


Colored Pencil, Hand-drawn Typography,

Hand-cut Collage & Adobe Photoshop


This book cover concept was fun to make. I used colored pencil, hand-cut collage and hand-drawn typography to create a horror themed cover, green was an important color in the story, which I why I chose it over red.











Cover for my Digital Collage Book In the Name of Ra


Adobe Photoshop


To preview or purchase the book please visit:

bit.ly/inthenameofra


In the Name of Ra is a collection of digital collages that explores Ancient Egypt and their reverence for the cosmos and their gods and goddesses. I used high quality images from a vintage French book on Ancient Egypt, galaxy themed origami papers and images featuring close-ups of the moon during its lunar phases.








In the Name of Ra – Sample Spread 1


Vintage Book Imagery, Galaxy Themed Origami Paper

& Adobe Photoshop










In the Name of Ra – Sample Spread 2


Vintage Book Imagery, Galaxy Themed Origami Paper

& Adobe Photoshop




Cover for my First Collection of Poetry – Lost + Found


Colored Pencil & Digital Typography – Adobe Illustrator


To see a preview or purchase the book please visit:

bit.ly/gothamdreaminglostfoundpoetry


Lost + Found is David's first collection of poetry. He chronicles his journey from being unsure and lost to finally finding his way and being found. From navigating loneliness and desire to soothing heartache, he keeps pushing along keeping love alive in his heart. Defeating homophobia's debilitating grip he finds a path to new love and joy.









Lost + Found – Sample Spread 1