- My Story
So for those of you who don’t know, my full name is Joshua Jadon-Sharif Bruce, I was originally born in North Dakota in 1994, which makes me 22 today. I am a book cover designer for New York Times bestselling authors, internationally bestselling authors, Amazon bestselling authors, and for many other writers, authors, and self-publishers of all genres.
The first time I ever really got into art was when I picked up my first pencil. In 2nd grade, my teacher brought in a group of older students into class for a project and ironically we worked together with them to create what would be my first actual book cover design. I had no clue how to use Photoshop back then so colored pencils were used instead.
At 6 years old I can remember, grabbing a TV tray, a pencil, and sitting down on the couch to watch my favorite TV show that would come on when I was younger called The Imagination Station.
This was by far the best drawing show I think there was at the time. Mark Kistler was the host and taught specifically how to draw in 3D. From what I can remember, the show would come on at about 11 o’clock during the day and he would give 1 simple lesson on how to draw one of his art pieces as he did them.
Why was this so important for me? Because I had fun doing it.
Watching the how-to-draw TV show, later on, evolved into me asking my parents to take me to the library so I could get books on how-to-draw. The thing is, when I would go I wouldn’t just grab one book every time, I would grab like a stack of ten all on drawing and in different styles and then practice learning from those. It’s funny, because today I think I still have overdue late fees I owe for some of the books that I liked a little too much and couldn’t let go of.
At the time, drawing seemed like the thing I would be doing forever even though it was just for fun. This all came to a halt when I hit 12th grade. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it or that I wanted to stop, there were just other things I wanted to move on and into. Hence, why I am doing book cover design today.
I want to highlight how much the people around me have influenced my artwork over these past years starting with my school teachers, Mrs. Erickson if you’re reading this you’re at the top of my list.
Without them, I probably wouldn’t be where I am at today. The main thing that helped me with getting better at art was by listening to their critiques on the work I did and how I could improve it.
For me personally, it’s really important to hear someone out. Listening to their input on the art or designs that I have created, whether it be a drawing, book cover, painting, or anything else is an opportunity to do it better.
How did I go from drawing to book cover design?
In 2012, up until about a year after I graduated high-school I was working at a pet store here in Grand Rapids, Michigan called V.I.Pets. I loved working there it was honestly a lot of fun but I just couldn’t see myself staying at that job for the next 40 years of my life scrubbing fish tanks, cleaning rat cages, and chasing random lizards across the floor.
After I got all moved into the dorms at the university I felt I was really ready to take on the entire school year. Until about one month in…I was working a job as an audio/video technician on campus, juggling classes, and hanging out with friends here and there, then this happened, my Graphic Design teacher in class said, “For this project you all are going to have to design a book cover of your choice.” I eagerly jumped right on it, got started, and finished my design that same day.
After 2 months, I left to move back home with the mindset that I would take my art career to the next level. My mom said I had to have a job if I moved back home at the time to make money so I picked up a 30 hour a week gig working at a car wash while I was building up joshuajadon.com.
Back then my site looked a bit rougher because I didn’t have any experience designing websites, so I had to learn that too; What you’re seeing today is like the 6th version since I’ve launched.
Is to create eye-catching book cover designs for authors who want to catch MORE readers attention and sell MORE books.
Your book needs a stunning cover that will compliment it. I simply want to solve this problem.