Sometimes independent authors simply don’t want to write, research, or promote. The last few days I’ve been in that category much of the time, spurred perhaps by first the completion and release of “Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh” on 10 October followed by the Audible release of “Empress Wu Zetian” on 23 October. It’s been a good month, but naturally a busy one with two new releases. And sometimes, a girl just wants to have fun!
What did I find myself doing? I have no children at this time. No husband. My friends all live hundreds or thousands of miles away (at least the ones I talk to regularly). I feel like I am a terrible cook. What is a girl to do when she’s not in the mood to work?
Apparently for me, it’s playing in Photoshop. A few days ago a special offer at Depositphotos.com prompted me to buy a 100 image pack — way more than I think I need in a year — for $100. Usually you have to subscribe to get $1/image with them. But knowing that as I continue to work, I continue to need book covers I went ahead and invested. That itself becomes a toy — there’s always so many interesting images to find and download. Unexpectedly my brain has jumped ahead and decided that I need to create the cover art on planned books for the series that I have no started yet. So, being in the mood for art, I sat down and played. First on the 25th and now this morning. Here are the results.
In the Hildegard cover I take a photo of an abbey and put onto it a carefully extracted and sized nun. The portal image of the abbey originally shows a courtyard behind it, but I replaced that with the bright sun to represent heaven and signal that Hildegard was a mystic renown for her visions. Likewise, the gold text is designed to represent to you that she is a canonized saint.
The Margaret of Wessex cover uses a stained glass window rendering of Margaret that you can visit in Edinburgh. I pick up the gold from her skirt and black outline the title to resemble the window behind it.
None of these books are started yet. But when you are in the mood to create art – you gotta create!