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…

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…