… Or at least, I wish that were the case. Welcome to my stop on this book’s blog tour, which is exciting because it comes out next week. Here you’ll find not one, not two, NOT FOUR, BUT S I X lovely wallpapers to choose from for this book! We have everything from skulls to serial killer notes to a pastel garden. You like your phone to be decorated with medical tools? We have that. You like your phone to be decorated with flowers? You’re in luck, because we have that as well.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
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Just click on the wallpaper and there will be a Dropbox link for it!
Stories Behind These Designs
Wallpaper 1 – I really loved Audrey Rose from the first page. Her notebook is filled with sketches of bloodstains and corpses, and I thought to myself, “I have to include some of that in the design.” But then I found some classier elements like keys and thought that would look much better than a dead body. (Although it would’ve been nice to have more room for an anatomical heart.) This design wasn’t what I thought of at first, but I like how it turned out.
Wallpaper 2 – This quote is actually from a letter that the actual Jack the Ripper sent! But I wanted a short piece of text that showed how the characters were on the trails of this murderer, so it fit. I actually wanted this design to be super duper simple and started off with just bloodstains and footprints, and a white background. But then I was like, “This really doesn’t look like anything though,” so I added a pavement texture and then grunge and then experimented with brushes to make that blurry stain effect. I had a lot of fun with this one!
Wallpaper 3 – I’m always worried that the text or picture is in the way of the time on a phone lock screen, which would suck. So I had to guess and check to make sure the female head didn’t block the time with this wallpaper. This quote was actually part of a larger piece of dialogue where Audrey Rose was talking about how restrictive society is to girls, and how they should be treated no different than males. (Gosh I love her character so much.) This was supposed to be another fairly simple design but I didn’t want it to be too simple so I added the little leaf design.
Wallpaper 4 -I had a copy of the image of medical tools on the back of the book, so I was like, “They have to be included somewhere.” I originally tabbed this quote because it was hilarious and showed much of Audrey Rose’s character: making a statement with formaldehyde because of her interest in forensics and her competitive nature against Thomas, who is a gem. I also found a photo from an old textbook of lab tools used in the 17th century, which was perfect! So I added those together and drew some extra bubbles to make it more fun. Then I thought something was missing and decided for a texture in the background. (Which makes sense because the book design had a texture too and I wanted to make this background similar to the back cover.)
Wallpaper 5 – Yet another one of my “this-was-supposed-to-be-simple-but-turned-out-not” designs! Seriously, it started with just the skull and speech bubble. I wanted to make them small but then realized that it was pretty lame with just those two elements. So I added a texture, fixed the messiness, and was pretty satisfied. I feel like I could have made it less messier but I really like the black stains so I kept it. This quote was said by Audrey Rose’s uncle, who is an eccentric and is really obsessed with dead people. His character was super interesting and I’m excited to read more about him in the next book.
Wallpaper 6 – For some reason I really don’t like ending in odd numbers (unless it’s 3 (I don’t know why??)) so I told myself I had to make 6 wallpapers. But at that time my mind was all dry and didn’t know what to do for the last quote (which I already picked out). I also really liked this quote, so I wanted to make something that made it stand out. It took quite a bit of daydreaming to get this design. First, I decided to make something colorful to contrast with the black/white scheme of the previous wallpapers. Then in the quote it talked about letting your curiosity grow and I was like, “Oh! Growth = life = plants = leaf designs.” I hope that train of thought made sense. So that’s how I came up with that scheme, and then I drew a brain because it couldn’t be just flowers and stuff. But while drawing I got carried away and added some leaves and curls, which I thought fit nicely with the other design elements!
Ayup and that’s how I went through these designs – basically lots of daydreaming and experimenting. I wish I had more romantic quotes with Thomas and Audrey but the ones I really liked were pretty short, succinct, and kind of confusing out of context. Suffice it to say, I hope you’ve gathered from my designs that Stalking Jack the Ripper has a deliciously morbid atmosphere and witty characters that don’t go along with what society expects of them. Add to that a tantalizing mystery, and you got yourself a thriller that begs to be read.
Look out for my review of this book on Happy Indulgence soon! If you use any of these, I’d love to know. ❤