• Stock Photos

    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.

  • Stock Photos

    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 stock, or re-sale without change, is prohibited.

     

    End Times Sign Ravven

  • Stock Photos

    Kickass Older Assassin Stock

    Book Cover 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 I’m getting older. :)

  • Book Cover Reveals

    braiiiiins

    Like an unlucky survivor of the zombie apocalypse I seem to have been pulled under and eaten by a massive amount of work lately. Everything else, including exercise, keeping the blog up and any writing have gone by the wayside. I think (fingers crossed) that I’m close to finally coming through the other side.

    I’ve been trying to get the time to work on some pre-designed book covers recently and will be adding more in the future. Not having an MMO that I’m excited about playing at the moment has done wonders for my productivity. :) I’ll add them to the Pinterest board as I do them, so check back if you’re interested in inexpensive covers that you can have now.

    This is the image from this morning: Save the cheerleader…oh no, crap, too late.

     

    Pre Designed Book Cover

  • Art

    Learning to Paint

    One of the reasons for my (somewhat interrupted) hiatus, aside from wanting a stress-free month for writing, was to regain my happy thoughts about my artwork. I’d grown bored with the style of cover work that I was doing, and wanted a chance to start again with a fresh outlook.

    I’ve recently come to a realisation, though…it isn’t so much my work that I was bored with, but the style of cover currently in vogue (at least in the area that I most often work in, which is fantasy and young adult). You see the same stock used over and over, and there are genres of cover that I personally dislike such as bare male torsos. I mean, I’m a big fan of fit, sexy men, but I hate bare abs covers. Girls in pretty dresses have come and gone, as well as Big Face covers. So much of it, though, just looks the same.

    Illustrated covers have fallen out of vogue for the most part, and photomontaged covers using commercial stock reign on self-published books. Obviously, part of this has to do with cost – illustration is definitely not inexpensive. I think it also has a bit of an old-fashioned vibe, especially on fantasy covers (who doesn’t remember the greats such as Frazetta, Rowena Morrill and Jody Lee?). There are books that have used “designer-y” graphic covers to good effect, and there are also stunning painted covers such as those done for the Expanse series by artist Daniel Dociu. That kind of crazy genius talent is rare, however.

    What I’ve been trying to do in these last few days is to learn how to paint. I do paint on covers, of course…but although I’m great with colour and shadow and highlight I absolutely suck at the bones of an image. I can’t draw. This is a real problem, and I want to go back and take my teenage self who refused to take any art classes because everyone was trying to push me into it…and I want to just smack her. “Oh, no, everyone says that I should be an artist so I’ll refuse. I’m going to travel and write.” Well, guess what? You didn’t, and now going back and learning to draw properly is a bitch.

    I’ve been posting the speed-paint images that I’ve done recently to Twitter (sorry guys!!!) in an effort to stay honest. I won’t post them here, as at this point they’re pretty sucky. But I’ll work on it until they’re not so sucky and hopefully someday they’ll be good enough that I can consider them to be professional enough for covers. Even though everything feels horrible right now, and it’s embarrassing to show anyone these rough little sketches, eventually they’ll morph into something worthwhile.

    It’s never too late to rectify the mistakes of your past. :)

     

  • Book Cover Reveals

    Forever Fredless by Suzy Turner

    Book Cover Art

    Forever Fredless by Suzy Turner

    Kate Robinson has spent the past two decades yearning to find her soul mate, the boy she found and then lost during a family holiday. Shortly after her twenty-eighth birthday, however, she inherits a fortune from an old family friend and becomes something of an overnight celebrity. Can her new-found fame lead her to him after all this time?

    Forever Fredless will be available from online bookstores from October 2013

    For more details about Suzy and her books, visit:

  • Art,  Book Cover Reveals

    Book Cover Art

    I’ve been lax in posting new book cover images. Come to think of it, I’ve been lax in making any kind of posts at all lately due to being swamped with work, tiredness and intermittent ill health. I don’t know how people keep up with multiple social media outlets in a consistent manner as well as do the work that all that social media is supposed to support. I keep a Facebook page, Pinterest boards with my book covers and also inspiration boards for The Clockwork Bluebird, The Tatterdemalion Dancer and Voyage of the Sky Kraken. I have a Goodreads account (which I rarely have the time to visit except to leave reviews of books I’ve read) and a Google+ page which I just don’t have the time to update. I don’t want to automate anything and be one of those awful people who have automatically-generated tweet spam that says “I posted a new picture to Facebook!” Of what? Your lunch? Your cat? Your genitalia? I’m just not interested enough to click through to find out.

    If you’d like to see the most recent book covers (and really, who wouldn’t?) you can see them here: Book Cover Art By Ravven.

  • Book Cover Reveals

    Homecoming by Cecilia Robert

    Homecoming Book Cover Art

    Book Title: Homecoming (A Cloaked Devices short story)
    Expected release date: October 2013
    Genre: Steam punk Paranormal romance
    Age group: +17 appropriate due to language and mature content

    Five years ago, twenty-three-year-old panther shifter Sera Czedar left her home and her newly mated groom in a humiliating position after a mating ceremony gone wrong. She built a new life for herself in Varselles, the City of Outcasts where shifters exiled from their clans in the Seven Kingdoms can go for sanctuary.

    Five years ago, panther shifter Levian Grayson was abandoned on the bonding bed by his bride, Sera. After years of tracking her, he arrives in Varselles, intent on staking his claim on her once and for all, even if it means hauling his slippery woman over his shoulder just to make sure that happens.

    Sera has always known her homecoming would eventually catch up with her one day. The one thing she can’t bear to do is hurt Levian, which will happen as soon as he finds out the reason she left him. Is she ready to take that path? Most of all, will Levian still want her when the truth comes out?

  • Book Cover Reveals

    King of Rats by Gregory Carrico

    All that stands between him and a lifetime of food is a Queen, his sister, and a surface world overrun by vampires. Will the King of Alley Rats risk everything for his throne and his pack, or leave it all behind for a pretty mouse in distress?

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to share in the cover release/launch of Gregory Carrico‘s King of Rats. I love this cover so much (a chance to do Halloween stuff warms my little goth heart). Check it out here.

     

    King of Rats Book Cover Art

  • Book Cover Reveals

    The Chosen by Annette Gisby

    This was the first Male/Male romance fantasy cover that I’ve had the chance to do and I had great fun working with such pretty, pretty men. Waist-length silver hair? Oh, yes please! :)

     

    The Chosen Book Cover Art

     

    The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn’t interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.

    Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.

    With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?

    The Chosen by Annette Gisby
    M/M Fantasy Romance Novel
    Available from Smashwords | Allromance