Self Portrait II

Recently I was informed that my self portrait looks creepy. So I drew a new facial expression. It’s an improvement, I think.

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Cover Art III: Terminal Case

So I decided to try one more time to draw a cover for Terminal Case. Unlike my first attempt, this one isn’t cartoonish and sad. Instead, it’s dark and ominous. This suits the story, which is a noir tale of terminal cancer, repressed desires, and taboo lust. I don’t know if all that comes across, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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To celebrate, Terminal Case will be available for free for the rest of the week! Yay!

Cover Art 2: The Fire Red Arrows

I did the cover for The Fire Red Arrows a while ago, but there were a few imperfections that I’ve always wanted to fix. This new cover is basically the same, just cleaned up a little more. I also left the colors a little brighter, so it’s more vibrant.

The image is made from three different images superimposed. First, and most obvious, are the two cherubs from Raphael’s Sistine Madonna. These famous little angels have been used for everything from wall posters to toilet paper, so I don’t feel too bad putting them on the cover of an erotic short story.

I’ve also given them something interesting to look at for once. I grabbed an image of a girl in a short skirt, adjusted the color to more closely match the oil painting, and applied a “canvas” texture. Then there is a cloud with majestic rays of sunlight peeking out. That was also color corrected and textured.

Check out the story on Amazon if you get a chance!

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Cover Art II: Dora’s Box

My publicity image for Dora’s Box was so popular, I decided to use it for the official book cover. I don’t know if this will help the book sell any better, but it’s fun giving my personal touch to the book. Now my four novel-length works all have covers that I drew myself. They’re a set! Collect ’em all.

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Self Portrait

There are a lot of different ways authors present themselves. Some create a little logo for their “brand.” I did that, but it feels too impersonal in certain circumstances. Some authors use a photograph of themselves, but I prefer to keep more privacy. Some authors use a photograph of somebody else, but that I didn’t want to come off as deceitful (although it would be an opportunity to be somebody better looking).

Instead, I did what I do when I can’t find good, cheap cover art — I drew it myself. Here’s my very own self-portrait! It looks like me, but not too much like me ;-).

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Publicity Image: Swapship Troopers

I’ve been tinkering around in my graphics program again, and I’ve come up with this marketing image for Swapship Troopers. It’s basically the book cover and a bunch of quotes from reviews, so it didn’t take long to make (unless you count the time spent harassing reviewers).

One thing I did differently was to use a 2:1 aspect ratio. That’s supposed to look best on twitter. We’ll see how it turns out.

Publicity Image: Dora’s Makeover (final)

I’ve finally finished the drawing for my Dora’s Box publicity image. Now I can plaster this all over and (hopefully) interest a couple people in reading the book.

It turned out in my initial draft I had the wrong leg in front. No wonder the anatomy wasn’t making sense! Now, however, things line up much better. As a bonus, she is able to show much more skin. That’s always a good thing. And talk about long legs! If you scaled an average woman to fit those legs, her head would be off the top of the picture.

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You may notice some suspicious shading on the front of her dress, as though there’s something hidden underneath. It’s quite subtle and could just as easily be ordinary draping of the fabric. Between you and me, though, there’s a magic cock under there. Shhh. Don’t tell.

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Random is a process, right?

I’ve also added a few snappy quotes from some of the good reviews of this novel. If the leggy futa doesn’t convince you, I’m hoping peer pressure might help. This is a good time to shout out to the great people who leave reviews. Thank you so much! You guys rock! The time you volunteer for writing reviews will help make sure there are weird-ass stories like this one for a long time to come.

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Publicity Image: Dora’s Makeover

I’ve been working on a publicity image for Dora’s Box, and I decided to give you all a little sneak preview. I was so inspired by Robert McGinnis’ brilliant painting for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster that I just had to try my hand at creating my own version. This image represents Dora after her roommate, Julia, has put her through a complete makeover. Dora is starting to come out of her shell and build confidence in herself. She’s ready to take on the world!

Like all of my book covers, this was drawn in Inkscape. Most of the techniques are ones that I used in the Swapship Troopers cover: color gradients give her skin tone more natural variation. Highlights are made by putting down a white spot and blurring the hell out of it. Shadows are done in much the same way. One big difference is body shape. Quantrill from Swapship Troopers is a short, voluptuous woman. Dora, however, is long and lean (which is why the McGinnis painting seemed so perfect).

Another technique I haven’t done before is sequins. Fucking sequins! I couldn’t figure out how to make them look real, so I had to draw every single fucking sequin. Actually there was a lot of copy/paste involved (thank Jove for computers) but it still took for-damn-ever. I think it turned out pretty well, but I can’t recommend this method unless you don’t mind going crazy.

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Fucking Sequins

Of course, I meant this to look like Audrey Hepburn, but my artistic skill is not quite up to that challenge apparently. For some reason she looks more like Keira Knightley. Oh well. There are worse things.

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Holly Golightly or Elizabeth Swann? It’s a work in progress.

 

Hey, go to Amazon and read the book!

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Cover Art IV: The Lesbian, the Bitch, and the Bathrobe

I was working on releasing The Lesbian, the Bitch, and the Bathrobe in paperback, so I decided to update the book cover while I was at it. The text was a little dreary, so I pumped it up with a gold finish. The gold look is easy enough to achieve in inkscape — it’s just a repeating gradient from yellow to white and back again.

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I also inserted my lil’ ole’ signature into the artwork because, heck, I drew it so I’m going to take credit for it. Actually, Swapship Troopers was the first cover art that I liked enough to actually want to sign, but I’ve since gone back and signed all my others as well.

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You can find this book on Amazon Kindle and soon available in paperback!

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Cover Art 2: Swapship Troopers

Yep, Swapship Troopers isn’t even released yet and I’ve already redone the book cover! Actually this is something I planned for when I originally designed the cover — I just didn’t plan on doing it so soon. I always expected Amazon would flag this cover for ADULT content someday. After all, it displayed *gasp* the inner curve of a woman’s breasts!

Maybe I was just being unrealistic when I submitted the original cover. Amazon’s content guideline literally defines offensive content as “about what you would expect.” Personally, I would expect a reasonable person to be able to look at a human body and not get offended. Obviously when Amazon says what you would expect, they’re not talking to me.

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Nope, no boobs here. Move it along. Nothing to see.

At any rate, when I first made the drawing in inkscape I drew a t-shirt on a separate layer. When I was banned, I just turned that layer on and, viola, new book cover. The shirt is interesting in that it uses an actual swath of grey cotton heather as the pattern. I considered a logo for the shirt — like a Marine eagle-globe-anchor or something — but, lets face it, anything on the front of that shirt is going to be so distorted as to be unrecognizable.

Swapship Troopers is still releasing on January 19 for Amazon Kindle!

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