Today, I updated Reya from the Elvin Girls, and here she is so far.


Alright, so today I wanted to get a little bit creative, and take a break from drawing so I went back to manipulating photos in Photoshop. In the video below I have a quick breakdown of how I created this ebook cover design along with a few tips.






While creating this video my computer shut off, and I had to do it all over again so excuse some of the sloppiness. I was so irritated, but the results were close enough to the original so I uploaded it anyways.

Meanwhile here are a few more book cover design tips:


  • Make your cover a bit more unique when using stock images by combining 3 or more images.That way when you go to amazon you won't be competing with another book that has the exact same book cover (if you only use one generic stock image this is bound to happen. You can google the horror stories of using only one stock image, but if you don't care you can ignore this advice).  
  • While designing your book cover periodically save it, and view it as a small thumbnail. Then ask yourself..."Would I click on this book while browsing amazon or ibooks? Does anything stand out? Does it entice me to click on it, and see more?" If it doesn't catch your attention as a small thumbnail it will most likely not catch anyone else's attention. 
  • Get feedback, and honesty from your friends or family. Do not let them know you designed it (if you do they'll spare your feelings since they care about you, and your emotions. You want their honesty not their praise). Just ask what they think about the book cover. Would they be willing to buy solely based on the cover itself? Why or why not? 
  • Use that feedback to improve when designing book covers. 



A few hours ago I created an illustration for my bullet journal’s July theme.



This a traditional illustration I created with one green sharpie maker yesterday.

I titled this "Those of us still hanging on by a thread." 

Every  single abstract item in this piece are being held on to by a string or thread whereas everything not being held on to (the fallen like dots) are those of us who have already given up, and lost the will to keep on fighting. We let go of that thread.




This is the same exact illustration, but filtered to a different color since I like blue tones :)


Meet Reya! She is one of my OC's from the "Elvin Girls" fantasy project I am working on. I've included a speed painting below:

Today, I took on the challenge of digitally painting for the first time using Paintstorm Studio. This was a full on no sketching, and just blending brushes type of digital painting that I don't usually do. I always start off with a sketch, and then use some line art though while using Paintstorm studio instead of Photoshop I thought, "Why not try something different."

In this illustration is an alien girl radiating blasts of energy from her body.

Digital painting, phoenix girl, fire girl painting, pink alien girl comic, web comic paint, paintstorm studion vs photoshop,