Well, until I’m published…

…and my publishers choose some god-awful cover for my books that make my readers want to rip the covers off, I’ve discovered a new game!

I’m a member of deviantart.com, and while I was browsing other artist’s collections and galleries, I thought: I wonder what a good cover for my books-in-progress would look like? So I started looking for that perfect illustration among the many talented artists of deviantart.

First, for my two book YA series, I found these:

the_stairs_by_jakatta1008

http://jakatta1008.deviantart.com/art/The-Stairs-101484373

It’s not perfect, because of the girl’s dress, but otherwise I really like it.

And for the sequel, I found these two:

girl_with_a_lantern_by_pastoral_insanity

http://pastoral-insanity.deviantart.com/art/Girl-with-a-Lantern-41365151

donning_the_mask_v2_by_darkmaidenofsorrow

http://darkmaidenofsorrow.deviantart.com/art/Donning-the-Mask-v2-42523498

Again, clothing not quite right, and Jossa, my heroine doesn’t have red hair – but the atmosphere is spot-on.

And for the book for which I’m currently writing chapters and posting to goodreads.com, I did find a few. It’s surprisingly hard to find a ‘goddess-type’ girl with red hair in an ancient Roman stola who looks conflicted about her powers, not merely murderous! Also not topless, or completely nude, but for a bit of artfully draped silk. Arassa is not a girl to rule a kingdom while dropping bits of her clothing through the throne room!

douleur____by_kor_malkor

http://kor-malkor.deviantart.com/art/Douleur-52914177

I like this one, but I’m not sure why my heroine Arassa would be so intently staring into a vase. But she does look like she’s struggling with a weighty decision, and though the clothing is a bit skimpy, at least she’s not full-on topless like so many of the deviantart goddesses are!

cassandra_by_michaelo

http://michaelo.deviantart.com/art/Cassandra-34410069

Part of the action in Arassa’s story does happen on a ship, and while I do like her hair and the torn tunic,  I’m pretty sure that Arassa won’t be walking a plank.

goddess_of_the_sky_by_ragnarokfo

http://ragnarokfo.deviantart.com/art/Goddess-of-the-Sky-94967988

So that makes this last piece of illustration the winner to date. Good hair, good costume, suitable conflict and drama…it only lacks a battlefield below the cliff she’s standing on.

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One response to “Well, until I’m published…

  1. I really like the one with the girl looking into the vase (maybe there’s some basil leaves inside?) It captures the whole feel of her struggle to find her self and some of the weight she carries as queen. But as far as attention grabber the one of on the cliff is great!

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