Candice Broersma

Candice Broersma - Designer

Iowa City, IA, United States

Award-winning sci fi/fantasy illustrator crafting new worlds. Professional typography that works in tandem with memorable artwork.

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A great book cover is a window into the world you spent numerous hour crafting. Let me help you bring your story to life! I have 10 years of experience designing and illustrating fantastical stories.

I take the time to understand your novel and provide all my clients with multiple sketches, revisions, and a highly polished book cover that will stand the test of time. I do not use Stock photos, resulting in artwork that is one-of-a-kind. Covers are hand-draw and painted using digital tools with a priority on world-building, compositional balance, and grabbing the attention of your audience. Each cover is a premium piece of artwork that stands on its own in addition to being an effective marketing medium.

The process begins with 3 cover concepts to explore different approaches. With the approved concept, we move on to 2 rounds of revision. The final sketch will have typography and composition in place, so there are no surprises between the preliminary stage and final polished design. A round of print proofing is included for all of my clients who want to go the extra mile to check the print alignment for paperback and hardcover. I design covers to catch to attention of your target audience with the appropriate genre signals, but add a dash of fresh ideas to stand out from your competition.
Epic Fantasy
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy


  • 2022 - Infected By Art Volume 10 Art Annual
  • 2018 - Grand Prize Winner, Infected By Art Volume 6 Art Annual
  • 2016- Comic-Con International: San Diego Artist Sponsorship

Work experience

Lead Stained Glass Designer

Bovard Studio, Inc.
May, 2017 – September, 2021 (over 4 years)

Designed stained glass windows in classic Munich and contemporary styles. Selected glass for stained glass window production. Created marketing materials for social media, print brochures, and large scale displays. Maintained website and updates to digital documents.


January, 2013 – Present (almost 10 years)

My freelance illustration includes projects for CD albums, posters, book covers, and private clients. I enjoy working with a variety of topics, with a knack for a combination of the beautiful and bizarre, including mythological creatures and well-dressed arthropods. My goal is to make even mundane subjects a little more magical.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Candice has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jeremiah Brennan
Working with Candice on the cover and internal art for my book was the best thing I could have done to increase its quality. Her professionalism and punctuality were top-notch. Candice’s creativity and artistic capabilities are beyond what I could have hoped when searching for an artist to work with on my book. She has the amazing ability to turn a small description into a work of art. Anyone w...
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Jeremiah Brennan, November 2022

Michael Horne
Candice was wonderful to work with. Beautifully took our scratch drawing all the way to a finished, amazing book cover. Thank you!

Michael Horne, November 2022

Allison Coiteux
Beyond all expectations -- Candice's talent and skill is inimitably unique. She's not just a remarkable artist but a fantastic cover designer who understands the nuances of layout, typeface, etc., and print/epub specs. She produced cover options that are genre-specific, marketable, and stunning. The final product surpassed anything I could have ever imagined. Wonderful to collaborate with, pro...
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Allison Coiteux, August 2022

Sharon Vernon-Cra
It was an absolute pleasure working with Candice! She listened to my vision for my book cover and expanded on it in directions that were exceptionally creative. She was patient with this new author and explained the process in great details. Candice responded promptly to my queries and concerns. She gave my character a face and my story an image. I was apprehensive at first; allowing someone e...
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Sharon Vernon-Cra, June 2022

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