Finding Art for New Covers

I decided the covers on my short stories need to change. I’m also planning on self publishing a few more over the next little while.

Here are the two specifically that I’d like to replace:

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oldcover

What I’d like is a pulpier feel with more genre-appropriate art. Also some sort of attempt at same-ness author branding. So I’ve recently commissioned a bunch of art via fiverr and artists n clients. Here are some thoughts I’ve had as I’ve been doing this:

  • Deviant art also has many artists willing to do cover art, but it is a pain to contact them one by one. Still, that’s how I found the artist that did Oasis and The Journey of St. Laurent.
  • Make sure the artist knows what the art is for and will grant you a commercial license.
  •  Look for a link to the artist’s off-site portfolio, it’ll sometimes give you a better idea of what to expect.
  •  I think I might have been better off if I had saved my pennies and commissioned fewer, but more expensive (better?) artists.
  • If you use fiverr, use their “requests” feature. That way, artists with give you bids on exactly what you want.
  • Finding clothing/pose for the artists will yield a much better result.

I put the text on these covers, but here is some of the art I’ve gotten back.

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blythe1

blythe2

 

Who knows what I’ll end up with, but it is kind of fun playing like a graphic designer. And of course, it keeps me from getting any real work done, so that’s a bonus.

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