Freebie Friday: End Times Sign

Okay, obviously it isn’t Friday yet (damn it), but I had a few minutes to upload something so I will. *casts all propriety to the winds, tears off clothing, runs down the street singing I Gotta Be Me* Ahem. Anyway, here you are: an eroded sign of the apocalypse. Add your own letters as needed. Personal or commercial use for art or the creation of book covers permitted. Re-sale as…

Freebie Friday: Sci Fi Woman

Another Freebie Friday, this one for a sci fi scene. I very rarely do stock with a scene and figure because, well, I hate the idea of a bunch of covers that all look the same. I did like this one, however, so I decided to make it free. Do something different with her. Use as you will, commercial use okay, just don’t resell as stock or I’ll take the…

Kickass Older Assassin Stock

New book cover stock is in the process of being uploaded and approved, multiple images of a badass, mature woman assassin. I fully admit that I create a lot of stock just because I really want to read the book that this character may feature in. We don’t get enough books with badass older women…I don’t know about anyone else, but I certainly don’t identify with cookie-baking grannies just because…

Freebie Friday…the First :D

This is the first in a series of non-regular (i.e., occasional and random) freebie offerings. Download it for book cover stock or artwork, personal or commercial use is okay, but just don’t resell it as your own stock. Play nice. :) Change the hair, add a new face, change anything that you need – the stock that I create is meant for book cover artists who need more action-y poses,…

January Blues

As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve been lax in keeping up with the book design series that I’d planned, but we will get there in the end!  January has been: Cold Grey Full of TOO MUCH WORK that I put off over the holidays Depressed. I mean the month itself is probably just peachy, but I seemed to sink into the grey days. I’m working on that. Full of the threat…

5. Choosing Stock

5. Choosing Stock

For this section we’re going to look at stock. If you haven’t done this before, it seems exciting at first but rapidly turns into a soul-destroying experience. :) So many white toothpaste smiles, so many fashion and advertising shots that are unsuitable for a book cover. Very little in the way of action shots or proper costuming unless you go with a more expensive genre-specific stock site.  How much of…

4. Making a Template

4. Making a Template

Quick post today because I haven’t been able to work on this as much as I had planned! Today’s topic: making a starting template. Specifically, this will be an ebook template and I will show you later on how I turn those into POD (print on demand) templates. I know that some people work on a wraparound template which is designed to wrap around the front, spine and back of…

Ascent: Infinite Realm

Ascent: Infinite Realm

Oooh, this looks interesting: a steampunk/fantasy setting, absolutely gorgeous ships and vehicles, and…well, typical combat from the video. It will probably come with all the baggage that the typical Asian MMO comes with in terms of open-world PvP, cash shop naughtiness and so on, but how pretty! Kakao (publisher of Black Desert) will be publishing the game in the West, and I’ve always liked Black Desert. Great game with a…

2. Know Your Competition: Research

2. Know Your Competition: Research

Aside from learning how to use the tools of the trade, one of the most important things that you can do prior to creating your cover is to research current trends in your genre, as well as cover trends overall for the current year. Cover styles go in and out just as fashion does, and while it can be worthwhile to ride the crest of whatever trend is current, it’s…