Surrogate Aesthetics: Surrogate Sunday


A blog aesthetic, or in this case, a novel and series aesthetic is a glance at a work to give the reader both a visual and written overview, a snapshot if you will. I stole this idea from Sophie over at Sophie’s Corner, and it’s a good one. Why? Because it gives the reader two key things:

  1. a keyword list of concepts to be explored

  2. a visual sense of what will be happening without creating spoilers

Interesting concept, I think, so I’m going begin sharing by taking word and image aesthetic look at the first novel in my Surrogate series, Surrogate.

Here’s the keyword list.

  1. Alien perspective

  2. Sand & sea

  3. Eja she-beast

  4. LGBTQIA+ w/ Bi emphasis

  5. Birth, training, & life-debt

  6. Enemies to lovers

  7. Through the wormhole

  8. Lessons on freedom

  9. Bad business

  10. Immas & ottonols

  11. Bosses & Workers & Randoms, oh my!

  12. Circles

  13. Bakom Do

  14. Trader vs traitor

  15. “Rise Medi rise”

Now, on to the image aesthetic representation for Surrogate. This doesn’t mean the cover. Indeed, the print cover for Surrogate is actually more of an image aesthetic than an actual cover than the ebook cover. See the difference?


Surrogate Print Cover              Surrogate Ebook Cover

 So, let’s take the aesthetic of the print cover and vastly expand it.

This collage was enjoyable to create, rather like mashing many of the novel’s concepts into one frame. No, the character images aren’t precise, except for Merch, who’s wearing the ponytail, but they’re relatively close to what I’ve pictured. Etain (top center) is fairly close as well. She’s the protagonist throughout the series. Her species’ skin-tone would be considered hyper-pigmentation here on Earth, much like the skin of the model I used. Yes, I intensified the blue with some minor photo manipulation, but it’s as close as I could get given my limited editing skills. The model’s name is Khoudia Diop, and HERE’S an article about her. From what I’ve read, she’s quite lovely both inside and out.

Next Sunday, I’m going to tackle an aesthetic on the Surrogate series’ protagonist, Etain, based on her development within the first novel.

Until then, you can read lots more about Surrogate Series HERE.



  1. Yay! I’m so happy to see that you made aesthetics for your WIP! It’s great to get a sense of what some of the characters look like 🙂 I didn’t know that Etain’s skin tone is blue!

    Trader vs traitor? Hmm I’m curious about what this means and who the traitor is…

    Thanks for linking my blog! I can hardly take credit for this idea since I’ve some other writer/bloggers do this as well 🙂

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    • Well, Surrogate is already published, but looking back it certainly would have helped to do the aesthetic earlier. I will be dding so for future works, rest assured. But, in the next few weeks, I’m going to do an aesthetic for the primary characters in the novel, one per week. That should help on the next ones in the series as well. For me, the only problem is going to be separating how each person grows in each work.

      And, Etain? Blue-black. Yep. Her species runs from blue-black to pale grayish blue in coloring.

      Thanks again for the idea, whether it was yours or not, you shared it, and I appreciate it. 🙂

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      • That’s great to hear that you will be making more aesthetics! Looking forward to seeing these 🙂 Yes I also find that making aesthetics help me when writing my story- whether it is getting the initial sense of what each character looks like, or to get inspiration for writing later on.

        It makes sense that her skin colouring runs in her species 🙂 great world-building there!

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