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Author: Claribel Ortega


  • Book Cover & Jacket Illustration

  • Character Design &
    IP Development


  • Scholastic

  • Jacket Design & Art Direction: Christopher Stengel

"Every year, in the magical town of Ravenskill, Witchlings who participate in the Black Moon Ceremony are placed into covens and come into their powers as full-fledged witches. And twelve-year-old Seven Salazar can't wait to be placed in the most powerful coven with her best friend! But on the night of the ceremony, in front of the entire town, Seven isn't placed in one of the five covens. She's a Spare!

Release Date:  Spring 2022 - NYT Best Seller

The Cover
Design Inspiration

My Magical Girl loving nerd could not help but take the chance and tap into her anime manga influences for this cover. This not always works in my favor but I was very fortunate to have had the creative freedom to do so. This cover turned out to be one of my all-time favorites as well as a pivoting project in my career as book cover illustrator. 


Character Design
& IP Development

Apart from the cover, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to develop independent work for Claribel Ortega of her Witchlings and develop the look
and feel of the Coven Houses that take part in this Magical World.


Let's Make Magic!

Let's work together! I'm always looking forward to new opportunities to bring stories to life, specially if they are full of color, humor and whimsy! 

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