Freebie Friday: Taking the Black

I’ll post again someday, I swear. :D In the meantime, have a (probably too specific to actually use, but what the hell) freebie stock image. Personal or commercial use for art or the creation of book covers permitted. Re-sale as stock, or re-sale without change, is prohibited.

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…

The Clockwork Courts: Steampunk Tales

The Clockwork Courts: Steampunk Tales

The Clockwork Bluebird Maia and her brother Tyler find themselves in the midst of a war between the Faerie Courts on Christmas Eve. Accompanied by a talking dog, a clockwork kitchen servant and Fox the stable boy, they embark on a quest to save their lost parents and find the Bluebird. The palace of Night and the Land of the Dead. Skyships. The Goblin Market. A black wolf and the…

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…