Thursday, September 29, 2011
It's done. For now.
After considerable flatulating about yesterday with Photoshop Elements and three years' worth of forest and bird photographs, I came up with this banner for my books web site.
The previous portrait of a red-tailed hawk stayed. I tried various other birds of prey, including a great horned owl and even a turkey vulture, but nothing suggested the nobly hawkish gaze of a Lakota lawman as well as that red-tail.
Many other web sites feature a large portrait of the mystery writer on the banner. This is fine so long as the writer is impossibly handsome or an out-and-out knockout, but not if he or she is grizzled, bald, jowly, and dumpy. That hawk is far more photogenic than I am.
Briefly a gun and badge appeared on the banner, but the result just looked too cluttered.
Solution: Simplify, simplify, simplify. That hawk, a forest background to suggest Sheriff Steve Martinez's wilderness jurisdiction, and the words "THE MYSTERY NOVELS OF . . ." rather than "THE BOOKS OF . . ." to sharpen the marketing focus.
I tried a number of fonts for the text, but kept coming back to Charlemagne. Love those bold serifs.
More changes may be afoot, but this banner will do for now.
I also changed the sub-banners on the linked pages from a sunset to a forest-and-hawk. This added a bit of unity to the site.
And that's my story. What's yours?