Brian C. Hailes is my Cover Artist 5. He has worked as a professional illustrator, designer, author and commission artist for fifteen years, and has received numerous awards for his art from across the country, including Winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future contest out of Hollywood. He has written and illustrated two graphic novels, entitled Dragon's Gait and Devil's Triangle. Other titles he has illustrated include Passion & Spirit: The Dance Quote Book, Continuum (Arcana Studios), as well as McKenna, McKenna, Ready to Fly, and the 2015 Girl of the Year ebook, Grace & Sylvie (American Girl). His work can be seen at www.HailesArt.com
Continuing in art with Cover Artist - 4 by Joshua Jadon. Joshua states, "I am a passionate Graphic Designer that focuses on delivering professional work to my clients all over the globe. I started drawing at the age of 6 years old which later evolved into designing graphics." Joshua's website is located here: JoshuaJadon.com
Cover Artist - 2 is Jeff Brown, a digital artist specializing in environment paintings. He is a full-time freelancer, originally from Saskatoon, Canada. He currently lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has worked for many projects in the industry such as Monstrous, SettleForge, Fallen, Rhune, and Shattered.
Mr. Brown charges $200 for a quicker concept picture and $450 for a detailed cover. The pictures posted here are copyrighted by Mr. Brown. You can connect Mr. Brown through his website: www.jeffbrowngraphics.com
The first two pictures are concept pictures and the last two are detail covers.
First off! I'm not now nor have ever been a lawyer and I have never worked as an expert on Copyright Law.
Note: This post is for general informational purposes only, and not to be considered legal advice. If you have specific legal questions about a marketing campaign, you should speak to your attorney. The information herein is a summary of an article by Molly Siems, Director of Legal and Business Affairs at NewsCred that originally appeared on WIRED.
The Copyright symbol is not necessary. Copyright attaches as soon as it is "fixed," i.e. set to paper, typed, recorded, etc.
Authors do not have a total monopoly on their work through "fair use." This allows limited use of a copyrighted work for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research.
Watch out for Images, even thumbnails! Be sure the image is in the public domain or you have license to use it. Certain images are in the public domain and can be used without worry. Flickr, for instance, licenses under Creative Commons. BUT, you may use them only under certain conditions -- READ THE LICENSE.
Don't Scrape! If you're going to use a bot to find information, SEE A COPYRIGHT LAWYER.
Think if you're using whole or large parts of an author's work or copyrighted images. Giving full attribution is not enough -- even if you're linking back to the original author -- GET PERMISSION. (In my previous post on Dystopian Fiction, I got the author's okay in an email before I posted it and what I'm posting here is a summary of an article covering over three pages on copyright.)
Attribution has nothing to do with Copyright Law -- it helps you avoid an allegation of plagiarism. You are infringing on an author's copyright by displaying his or her work. Copyright, like all legal matters, gets very involved in fine details. Satisfy yourself that you are using another's work legally.
I hope this answered more questions than it raised.
Interesting fact: The longest bronze-age sword measured out at seventeen inches. Longer swords used on foot left the warrior open to attack in close quarters. DC
Way of the Warrior : Code of Conduct (Author Unknown)
Way of the Warrior: Content - If these sound like the Boy Scout Rules of Conduct, you wouldn't be far wrong. If the warrior in your novel has no flaws, he or she wouldn't be very interesting. Bring depth to your character by giving the warrior failings to overcome. While the warrior may strive to improve, he or she may not. DC
HONESTY AND JUSTICE
Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true Warrior, there are no shades of gray in the question of honesty and justice. There is only right and wrong.
A Warrior has no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. A Warrior is courteous even to his enemies. Without this outward show of respect, we are nothing more than animals.
Rise up above the masses of people who are afraid to act. Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A Warrior must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky, It is dangerous. It is living life completely, fully, and wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind; it is intelligent and strong.
A true Warrior has only one judge of honor, and this is himself. Decisions you make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of whom you truly are. You cannot hide from yourself.
Through intense training the Warrior becomes quick and strong. He is not as other men. He develops a power that must be used for the good of all. He has compassion. He helps his fellow man at every opportunity. If an opportunity does not arise, he goes out of his way to find one.
When a Warrior has said he will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop him from completing what he has said he will do. He does not have to "give his word." He does not have to "promise."
DUTY AND LOYALTY
For the Warrior, having done some "thing" or said some "thing," he knows he owns that "thing." He is responsible for it, and all the consequences that follow. A Warrior is immensely loyal to those in his care; to those he is responsible for, he remains fiercely true.
I've often seen posts on various social media asking for advice on getting a book cover done. I will showcase artists who will produce a cover for up to $700.00, as this artist will do. Some artist charge less. The main purpose of these posts is to show artists' work in different price ranges so the writer might make an informed decision on what is available to them within their budget.
The first artist is Trevor Smith. (Trevorsmithart.com) He is an award winning artist, highly educated in art and who not only does book covers using 100% digital techniques, but is also a Fine Artist specializing in nature and landscapes, although those pieces cost much more.
Trevor did not do my covers.
As always, it's my desire that this series will provide value to my fellow authors. Dameon
These tend to be on the dark side of books. Of course, Trevor can be light and airy depending on what is needed.