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Book Cover Cliches: Shadow Blades and Knights

Book covers, they either make a new writer want to flip the table upside-down or hurl your body out a two-story window to plummet into a river of cold gelatin. What? Did you think I'd say something gruesome? No, no. I try to avoid that kind of thing...mostly. Here's yet another try at a book cover complete with urban fantasy book cover cliches. This time around I'm attempting to create an Urban Fantasy cover fit for those tough heroines that need no man and love to swat demons with a flyswatter of doom.

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My Book Cover Failures

Hi, it's Wendy May! Okay, so lately I've been posting about my photo design journey to creating my own book covers. I've shown a few book covers that I thought were okay. Not good, not wonderful, but passable. As in they don't appear to be scraps of DIY made in Microsoft's Paint program.

The Path of the Black Shroud

The obligatory reaper photo-manipulation Back to photo-manipulating(or learning to combine photos) I go in the rare moments of spare time allocated to me. There's seriously not enough time in the day! Halloween is coming around the corner. Which means, it's fair game to start putting up all the spooky pictures.

An Autumn Fairy Photo Manipulation

Here again this self published writer dwells into the unknown by trying her hand at photo manipulation. As I love to create fantasy worlds I chose to adapt a tutorial that helped create a fantasy scene using a fairy. I know, I know. One might think that fairies are overused these days. Yet they are also a bit expected in a fantasy & magic world. No harm in creating another right?
Here is the stock photo provided by Faestock at Deviantart as the base. I also used butterfly wings from Jinxmim at the same site as well. The rest of the stock photos are from Pixabay. The model uses her own makeup on her eyes, shoulders, and also on her fingers. Which to be honest was annoying to work with so I ended up painting over those areas. I also removed her floral barrettes to add my own flourish to her hair.

And here is the finished artwork I wanted to share with you all. To save on mobile users bandwidth I didn't upload the full version but instead a medium-sized one. Of course I can be b…

Flash me some Parody Love Fiction

At times a writer gets these odd little quirks to jot down silly anecdotes. I believe this is one of those days to share a few. Beware for there is an overuse of flowery words and bad puns in this formulaic parody attempt of the various romantic plots that wonderfully exist in this world.

Book Cover: The Season Bonker

Once again I try my hand at creating my own book covers. I find playing around in my graphics program helps to motivate me to write even more. Honestly, I'm not sure how it correlates but I'll take every shred of inspiration I can get my hands on.

Book Cover: The Pink Princess

My journey to designing my own book covers begins with this first attempt at creating a contemporary or chick lit book cover. To be quite honest I believe this comes out more as a book cover for a young teen or childrens book. Either way, I decided to call it, 'The Pink Princess'.