Doing book artwork

Sometimes I wonder about my book artwork. Who should do it? A book needs good cover art, even if it’s an eBook. Can I do it?

I don’t trust myself to do the cover art. I can draw pretty well, but I can’t do art in colour. I’m good with a pencil or pen, but not with paint or colouring with a computer. It would look awful. That’s not my strong suit. I can do line drawings for the inside of the book, though. I can draw maps, buildings, animals, and scenery. But when adding colour, I can’t do it.

So, what do I do? I may have to hire an artist to do the cover art for me. Or if it’s a book like the Japan book I’m writing, I could use a photograph I’ve taken and some simple graphic art program, but I’m not sure how it’ll look. I’ll have to see.

If you’ve self-published, how did you get the cover art done?

(On a side note, this is the 50th post on this blog.)


4 thoughts on “Doing book artwork”

  1. Personally, I would consider surfing a website like ‘’ and searching there for artists or stock photos to work with. There are a LOT of tutorials there from professionals on working out cover designs and layouts and things like that. Using those tools, you can get an idea of what you are looking for.

    The professional artists on that site will also, sometimes, offer commissions for commercial work. That’s more rare and, probably, involves more legal headache than you want to deal with. On the other hand, it can also make or break your book so….

    Anyway, I check out DeviantArt for my ideas for covers. Hope it helps.

    1. That sounds like an interesting idea. At least for getting ideas for covers is good. For my first book, I can use some of my own photos, as it is related to living in Japan, and I do a lot of photography here.

      Thanks for the idea!

  2. Or you can stick to Black and White – then improve the Two Colours duo by developing shading, texture and emotion. Lo and behold, you got the Power of Light and Dark within your fingertips… and Creativity. So thinks OLDY. #Bah.

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