Sunday, October 28, 2012

Commissions & Updates

I had to go in for knee surgery on the 3rd, so I've had to put all work on hold this month.  I'm currently staying at my parents house due to the fact that I can't get up the steps to get into my own.  I should be heading home sometime this coming Sunday.  Once home, I will be focusing mainly on C L's webpage so that I can get that one done first.  I not sure which romances I'll be working on for Trana yet & Grave Yarns will only take me a little bit to redo.  I also have another stock pack to get up as well.

Current Commissions
  • Grave Yarns by T.M. Simmons (redesign)
  • Silent Prey by T.M. Simmons (no set start date)
  • TBD Romance by Trana Mae Simmons
  • TBD Romance by Trana Mae Simmons
  • TBD Romance by Trana Mae Simmons
  • TBD Romance by Trana Mae Simmons
  • Web Page for C L Smothers
    • background
    • buttons
    • banner
    • images scanned
    • 3 pages (including index)
Misc Stuff
  • Supernatural Art (dA group) Secret Santa -- Horror/Marcarbe/PM poster
  • Screener's Poster Exchange -- maybe

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pic from FenCon 2012

Although I wasn't able to be at FenCon in person, a bunch of my stuff was.  My friend Amanda got a picture of our table that was set up on Friday from 4 to 5pm.  Next year we are going to get the table for a few hours on Saturday since the majority of the people attending will be there then.

I got the covers prited at Walmart for about $19 total.  It should have been way more due to the fact that they ended up printing them on canvas (CANVAS!!!!!) because they were out of the regular poster paper.  They looked great.  I'll get a better pic of them a little later and put it up.

Trana w/ her books & my posters.

Friday, September 14, 2012


Neil Armstrong
August 5, 1930 - August 25, 2012

The first man to walk on the moon.  A true hero.

Stock Used:
Moon - oblivionmasquerade
Stars - kuschelirmel
Font - OptimusPrinceps SemiBold

Dead Man Hand Cover

Who would have thought that they would ever see an elk playing poker?  This one was super fun to do since I made almost all the stock used. 

Special thanks goes out to Carls & Amanda for letting me borrow their poker set, and to Trana for bringing over the whiskey bottles.

Available: Kindle
T.M. Simmons: Website  & Facebook

Stock Used:
Skeleton - twins72-stocks
Elk - gsdark-stock
Table, cards & poker chips - The Poker Pack Exclusive Stock Pack   dA | Blog
Bottles - Jack Daniel's Bottles Stock Pack   dA | Blog
Stools - hand drawn by me
Font - BONES

MP-1 Cover

CL told me it need to have a planet with two moons, & everything else was up to me.  I love it when I can go crazy on covers.  I used the same nebula & font from the first cover to keep up with the sort-of theme.  The hardest part overall was finding the flares.  I saw several good packs with PNG files but were way too expensive.  The pack I went with were on a black background, so I edied out as much as I could and screened them.  After adjusting the brightness/contrast a bit, everything blended right in.

There are a total of three flares layered at various opacities (is that even a word?).  I was going for a light effect where you would be seeing the light washing over the view-port/screen upon entering the atmosphere or on approaching the planet.  It also (unintentionally) gave it a bit of a 3D effect.
The moons are also the same moon, just reversed with altered color and added shadows.

Kindle Link - Coming Soon

Stock Used:
Planet - : superiorgamer
Flares - hakeryk
Moons - theedeonknight
Nebula - ineedfire
Title/Author Font - Super Retro M45

Exclusive Stock - The Poker Pack

This exclusive stock pack was created for the Dead Man Hand cover.

These images are 300dpi PNGs.

This pack is available for use both non-commercial & commercial use for $50. Contact me for info.  Playment can be sent through PayPal.

Stock Pack - Jack Daniel's Bottles

These were taken for use on the Dead Man Hand cover.

These are high quality, 300 dpi PNG files that have not had much editing done to them. Some of the edges are a little rough but can be easily cleaned up.

Download: deviantArt


For the most part, you can use these for most any project that is non-commercial, as long as you:

• DO NOT redistribute my stock in any way, for profit or not.
• DO NOT use my stock in conjunction with something you found on Google or some other site that is not a valid resource. That is copyright infringement (which is illegal) and I will not be associated with it.
• DO NOT use my stock for anything promoting hatred, prejudice, or showing animal cruelty.
• DO NOT use any of my stock for pornographic or fetish work.
• DO NOT use my stock to create more stock.

For commercial use, you must pay $20 and cover or edit out all Jack Daniels logos/info (due to copyright reasons). I would also like to see the work before you post it so that I can verify you covered all logos/info. If you don’t do this and I find it on a commercial project (print, cover, ect…), then I will take action.  Payment can be sent through PayPal.

A full copy of the rules is included in the pack.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Display Photo Book for FenCon

I'm hoping to attend FenCon IX this year so that I can do some promoting for my cover designs.  I'll be printing out some poster size copies of a few of my covers as well as setting out some business cards.  I will also have the below book created on Shutterfly so display some of my stuff as well.  I'll be sharing a table with T.M. Simmons, but if I'm not able to be in attendance then it will be just her with some of my stuff.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Exclusive Stock - Cemetery Pack 1

This stock was created exclusively for the Ghost Hunting Diary Volume IV (by T.M. Simmons) book cover. Photos were taken at Dry Creek Cemetary in Poetry, TX over the course of two trips (a week apart).  This pack includes all seven stock images used to create the cover.

Since this is an exclusive stock, it will not be available for download on deviantArt.  Due to the time and effort it took to go out an get these pictures there will be a one-time purchase fee of $50, payable through PayPal, to use these images.  You will be alowed to use them for personal or commercial use as long as you follow the Usage Agreement Guidlines (included in the pack).

If you are interested in purchase, please contact me.

Ghost Hunting Diary Volume IV Cover

I went out and took stock pictures at Dry Creek Cemetery so that I wouldn't have to hunt all over for stock this time around. 

Kindle Link: Coming Soon
T.M. Simmons: Website   &  Facebook

Stock Used
Background & Tombstones - policegirl01
Building - cyborgsuzystock
Grass - fairiegoodmother
Font - OptimusPrinceps

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Current Projects/Commissions/Contests

Here is a current list of what I'm working on.

  • Book Cover - Dead Man Hand by T.M. Simmons
  • Book Cover - GHD Vol 1 by T.M. Simmons (redesign)
  • Book Cover - GHD Vol 2 by T.M. Simmons (redesign) (on hold)
  • Book Cover - GHD Vol 4 by T.M. Simmons
  • Book Cover - TBD Romance by Trana Mae Simmons
  • Book Cover - MP-1 by C.L. Smothers

EDIT - Updated 10/28

    Fourth of July Fireworks @ Terrell, TX

    Fourth of July Fireworks Show @ Ben Gill Park in Terrell, TX

    Print Available on: deviantArt

    Saturday, May 12, 2012

    Montana Surrender Cover v.2

    This is the new cover for Montana Surrender, a romance novel by Tran mae Simmons.  Like the original Bittersweet Promises cover, this one was only the background image to start.  Trana wanted something attention grabbing and spicy, and I think I pulled it off.

    The guy, or really body in this case, didn't need much done.  I added on some hair on both the chest and arm.  The woman, on the other had, had a lot of work done.  First, I had to move the corsett up a bit and then paint out the black & white tube top.  Then I darkend her hair, then added in fallway locks on both sides.  Next, I added in the eyelashes then adjusted her overall skin tone.  The last bit I did was to extend the grass down in the background a bit so that the tree sat a little higher.

    On a funnier note, I've noticed that this one seems to be a little too hot for many of the groups on dA.  It's been accepted then removed from three so far.

    Kindle - Amazon
    Trana Mae Simmons: Website & Facebook

    Stock Used:
    Man - Hot Damn Stock (provided by Trana Mae Simmons)
    Woman - Dreamstime (provided by Trana Mae Simmons)
    Background - Dreamstime (provided by Trana Mae Simmons)
    Hair - lpdragonfly Set 1, Set 2 & Set 3
    Body Hair - CreativeMac
    Eyelashes - redheadstock
    Font - Pristina

    Bittersweet Promises Cover v.2

    This is the revamp of the Bittersweet Promises cover.  The original version of the cover only had the background image and title/author text, and was done quick since she had to get the book up with a limited amount of time. 

    For the most part, there wasn't a lot to be done with this one except some clean up.  I added in facial and body hair on the man and evened out the woman's skin tone.  The hardest part was making the sweat.  I'm not overly satisfied with it, but I'm hoping to go back at a later date and fix it.

    Kindle - Amazon

    Trana Mae Simmons: Website & Facebook

    Stock Used:
    Couple - HotDamnStock  (provided by Trana Simmons)
    Background - Dreamstime (provided by Trana Mae Simmons)
    Stubble - galagraphia
    Body Hair - CreativeMac
    Sweat - PlanetPhotoShop - Beads with Sweat Effect tutorial & RetouchPro - Sweat tutorial
    Font - Chancery Cursive

    The Wormhole Project Cover

    The finished cover for the upcoming science fiction release of The Wormhole Project by CL Smothers.  This one was fun, mostly since CL had a very clear idea of what he wanted.  The hardest part was finding good star brushes.  The apple was my own creation, and I was super happy that I got a chance to create my own stock for a change.

    Also, the binary code says 'The Wormhole Project', repeated several times.

    Kindle Link - Coming Soon

    Stock Used:
    Apple - policegirl01 (me)
    Nebula - ineedfire
    Stars - kuschelirmel
    Blood drop - dark-dragon-stock
    Lines - iz-person
    Leaf - thepurpleyard-stock
    Fonts - Super Retro M45 (title/author) & Shruti MS Font (binary)

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    dA Portfolio

    Several weeks back, I started putting together a portfolio on dA Portfolio.  Right now, I have a few categories up.  A lot of what's in it so far are items I've not posted here on the blog, so it's worth chekcing out.

    DAC "Supernatural Love Story" Entry

    Level 2 entry for Dark Art Challenges "Supernatural Love Story" Theme

    Neither would ever be able to move on from this night. The Lady would know only pain and sorrow the rest of her days. The murdered Lord would forever haunt her steps, unable to comfort her while watching her once vibrant being waste away to nothing...a fate worse than death.

    Stock Used:
    Background - e-dina  **Required Stock **
    Man - falln-stock
    Woman - mjranum-stock
    Roses - e-dina

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    Winter Prey Cover

    Cover for Trana's upcoming Mystery/Thriller release, Winter Prey.  I have been waiting ages to do this cover, and I'm glad that she is getting the book out.  I helped edit several of the chapters, along with our Writer's Group, and can't wait to read the finished book. 

    The most difficult thing on this one was finding the eyes to use for the creature.  After a lot of looking here in dA, I went over to Dreamstime since Trana still had some credits left.  I was originally going to have the eyes just under the title, but they didn't show up well on the mountain background.  The reflection effect on the lake is much better and gives it a good bit of creepiness. 

    I've already gotten a lot of greats comments on it, so I'm very excited that it has gone over well so far.

    Kindle Link: Coming Soon

    T.M. Simmons:  Website & Facebook

    Stock Used:
    Mountain/Background - wyldraven
    Lake - ascenciok
    Ice/Boulders - lucieg-stock
    Snow Plants - blackstock 
    Eyes -  Dreamstime  Provided by T.M. Sommons
    Fonts - Times New Roman (slug) & Copperplate Gothic BT Roman (title/author)