Phillip Dannels

Phillip Dannels - Designer

San Diego, CA, USA

Sci-fi and fantasy book covers that are bold, stylish, and marketable. Many covers in the Aethon Books catalogue. Covers from $850.

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Hey y'all! I'm Phil, and I'm a cover designer who specializes in the genres that are especially close to my heart - science-fiction and fantasy. I love bringing far-off worlds and imagined places to vivid, visual life. In addition to helping self-published authors do this for nearly five years, I've also contributed artwork for Aethon Books' extensive sci-fi catalogue.

Flexibility is huge for me - making sure that authors have a wide variety of options based on their time and budgets. I like to start by emailing/Reedsy messaging back and forth to get a general feel for your story, teasing out any beats or moments you might want visually represented on the cover. At the end of this conversation, I'll send you a quote.

From there, I'll start the rough copy. This is a low-detail, unfinished version of the cover that captures several important bits of information - the overall mood, color scheme, placement of important elements, ect. I'll send you this within a week of starting, and we can work together on changes to make sure it fits your vision.

Once that's done, I dive in to the final and make the magic happen. Here's where the cover comes to life, adding the final details and effects to really make it shine. When that's finished and you've approved it, I'll send you all of your final materials!

Let me know if you have any additional questions, and I can't wait to work with you!



“Aethon Books has worked with Phil on dozens of books and he has consistently provided some of the strongest covers in our catalogue. We will work with him until the end of time!“

Steve Beaulieu, Editor at Aethon Books

Epic Fantasy
Military Science Fiction
Space Opera

Work experience

Book Cover Designer

July, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

Cover design, specializing in military science fiction and space opera.

The Tyrant's End: The Golden Donderi Saga

Dore, Daniel, Dannels, Phillip

Inkling of Truth

Bryant, Saffron

The Red Widow Group: The Golden Donderi Saga

Dore, Daniel, Dannels, Phillip

Cities of the River: Western Invasion

Syed, Shan, Dannels, Phillip, Bulbeck, Leonora

The New Alliance: The Golden Donderi Saga

Dore, Daniel, Dannels, Phillip

Phillip has 11 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Daniel Dore
As always, on time if not faster, and work done is amazing. Thanks Phil Sending you book 4 in the coming months. Dan

Daniel Dore, January 2023

Shan Syed
Philip was great to work with. His view on what I had in my head really helped the art come to life. I hope that I can work more with him I'm the future.

Shan Syed, December 2022

Thom Bedford
Great communication, fast turnaround, nice guy, would recommend!

Thom Bedford, December 2022

Jake Houstoun
I had a more unique idea for my book cover within the science fiction genre and Phil was able to deliver and improve on that vision! Timely with good value for money and of course fantastic art, I absolutley recommend working with Phil who's great to collaborate with. I will be contacting Phil again for my next project!

Jake Houstoun, October 2022

Thom Bedford
Phil is a fantastic artist, his 3D models are really impressive, and his attention to detail is brilliant. I approached Phil with a rough brief and the guidance of "make this better", and he did just that. I'm very happy with the artwork he produced for me, and I'll be making use of his services again. In addition to being very talented, Phil is also a joy to work with. Communication is easy ...
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Thom Bedford, October 2022

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