Chapter 1: Milsom Bay by Ytteb
Chapter 2: Decision Point by esteefee
For esteefee's story Decision Point.
When I saw this story posted, my muse shouted and I went to work. Turned out, esteefee was working on title art at the same time. When I finished, not having seen her update, I offered to send her my pic. She graciously included it as an endcap.
Chapter 3: You Get What You Need by Glenda
Title art for You Get What You Need When You Need It by Glenda.
Chapter 4: Like 'Em Mean by Hellbells
Title art for Like 'Em Mean by Hellbells.
<sigh> Seeking perfection even though I'll never find it. This is a second version, to make Tony's and Rodney's sizes more equal.
Chapter 6: Sheriff of Stillwater by Lizabeth S Tucker
Title art for Sheriff of Stillwater series by Lizabeth S Tucker.
<sigh> I wasn't super happy with the first version of this art; no matter how hard I tried, Tony's head looked mismatched to the uniform -- too big and pasted on, no matter how many times I tried. So I dug out my "Photoshop Elements for Dummies" -- which was less helpful than I wanted. But I managed to figure out the basics of "layers", which helped me make a better head-to-uniform match. I'm still not 100% happy with it -- and I don't quite know what's wrong -- but it's better. Maybe I'll figure it out, eventually.
Update: I would say "third time's a charm", but each posting has a background of several hours' work with multiple trials. However, I'm a lot happier with with this "third time"; Tony's head finally seems in proportion to the uniform. (At least on my monitor!) I think I'll quit noodling at it.
Update: Okay, fourth time's a charm! (I hope.)
Chapter 7: Sheppard Brothers by Ami Ven
Title art for the Sheppard Brothers series by Ami Ven.
This was my first title art. I'd found a picture of an Atlantis window, and I really wanted to put it on a story. Ami Ven's series won the draw. <g>
Chapter 8: Designate: First Husband by Hellbells (first attempt)
Title art for Designate: First Husband by Hellbells. (5/14/19)
I wanted to make a title for "Designate". I had recently read Jilly James' story Send for the Man. I was struck by her simple but elegant title art, and thought, "I could do that!" (Sometimes I need an idea to prime my artistic pump.) This was right up my alley -- no fancy effect, or parts layered over/under other elements. I was quite satisfied with it. But I came across it again yesterday...
Chapter 9: Designate: First Husband by Hellbells (second attempt)
Title art for Designate: First Husband by Hellbells. (7/17/19)
... and realized that I now have the skills to make it fancier. So I recreated it, with the White House in the background. Whee!
And I swear I'm not stalking Hellbells! But I've had a lot of low-level stress these past two years, and my drug of choice for ignoring it has been "Tony DiNozzo plus Somebody Different than Gibbs, fandom irrelevant." It just so happens that Hellbells writes a lot of Tony/Other-Fandom Person, and I happily scrambled down the rabbit hole.
Chapter 10: Muggle Fairy Tales Are Mad! by Meltha
Title art for Muggle Fairy Tales Are Mad! by Meltha.
Chapter 11: Divine Assistance by Hellbells
Title art for Divine Assistance by Hellbells.
This time I read the first chapter before the muse started bashing me over the head. <g> And I finally noticed why I make so many covers for Hellbells’ work. My visual memory isn’t great; even though I find pictures of characters I don’t know before I start reading, I can have a hard time visualizing them as I read the story. It helps to put them in title art, so I can refer back to it as needed. I note that I don’t feel much urge to make art for The Sentinel or NCIS, because I know those characters very well.
Background sky is cut from a picture by Wilfried Santer on Unsplash.com.
Chapter 12: Dog Days (are just beginning) by Hellbells
Title art for Dog Days (are just beginning) by Hellbells.
Chapter 13: Bitter Honey, Green Night by Faith Wood
Title art for Bitter Honey, Green Night by Faith Wood.
You almost didn't get to see this one, because I wasn't planning a real cover. But I haven't seen all the movies yet, so have trouble visualizing Harry and Draco as adults. "I'll just grab a couple of head-shots and paste them at the top of my page," I told myself, and I did. But as I formatted my document for Kindle, I noticed that Draco was walking through slush at the beginning of the story, and that he planned to put up a Christmas tree at the end. I toyed with the idea of putting a Christmas tree next to the guys, but, nah -- I could see that leading to a complicated, full-blown picture. But hey, I could put a wreath around each head; that would look nice! So I did, and it did. Didn't even bother with a title, because that's on my page, in print.
Except... There was an awful lot of white at the top of the page. Maybe I could add a snowy background. (I know it looks more like starry sky, but it's supposed to be snow falling.) Yep, that looked better. But now... plenty of room for a title, so may as well add that, too. Oh! It's a cover!
Why I recognized that using a Christmas tree would lead to a cover, but didn't anticipate that with the wreaths means either [a] it was way too late at night for me to be thinking clearly, or [b] my muse is sneaky, and hid her plans from me. Regardless, each step seemed a logical, "simple" progression... which kept me up till four A.M. ("I'll give myself 15 more minutes. Okay, 15 more. Okay, I'll really go to bed in 15 more minutes." I lied.) I don't even know, anymore.
Chapter 14: Bourbon & Aspirin by Geminiangel
Title art for Bourbon & Aspirin by Geminiangel.
Ha! I've actually read this one, and kind of forgot about it. But Geminiangel just updated the sequel with a new chapter, so I thought it was time for a re-read of the original. As soon as I opened it and started reading, the muse started throwing ideas at me. At least this one didn't keep me up till 4 A.M. (It was only 3:00 when I went to bed.)
Chapter 15: Bond by Anna Fugazzi
Once again, I haven't yet read the story -- but I got a peek when I formatted it for my iPad, and O-M-G! It looks so GOOD, and it's epic -- 293 pages if I printed it out. (Thank goodness for e-reading.) If you're a Harry/Draco fan, and you haven't yet seen this story, hurry on over -- I think you're in for a real treat.
Update: Edited Draco's face to be a little lighter; I think the original photo shot wasn't lighted well. With my first cover, I didn't really like Draco dark and Harry light, but those were the pics I had. I forgot that I can lighten separate parts of an image; when I remembered that, I went to work. I feel it's a better balance, now.
Chapter 16: Life in the Yukon by Brumeier
Title art for Series Life in the Yukon by Brumeier.
Chapter 17: One Harry Potter, Please by Faith Wood
Title art for One Harry Potter, Please (If Possible, Seduced and Ready) by Faith Wood.
Chapter 18: Healed by Moonlight by Jacie
Title art for Healed by Moonlight by Jacie.
I read this some time ago, and enjoyed it. When I saw Jacie’s holiday wish that she’d like title art, my muse sat up and took notice. This is version... #5, I think, but I’m finally happy with it. Merry Christmas, Jacie!
Whoops on me! Jacie pointed out that my first version was kind of a spoiler, so I made this amended version. If you intend to read the story and don’t want a spoilery clue, don’t scroll down to the next image.
End cap for Healed by Moonlight by Jacie.
Chapter 19: The Dogfather by Hollimichele
Title art for The Dogfather by Hollimichele.
For the record -- putting a head on another body is hard! Seems simple in theory, and I’ve watched youtube and researched ‘how-to’s, but haven’t found examples where (for instance) the head is the right size, but the neck doesn’t fill up the outline of the shirt. I don’t think Harry’s neck is particularly skinny, and the model-boy’s neck wasn’t unnaturally thick, but they just didn’t mesh! Well, it’s good enough for now. If I learn the trick, I may revisit this later to satisfy my perfectionist creative side.
Chapter 20: Playing the Odds by Sholio
Title art for Playing the Odds by Sholio.
If you like Mrs. Pollifax, this is a spot-on perfect epilogue to the first book. I loved it when I first read it, and was reminded of it a few days ago. As I read, my muse insisted on a cover, et voilà!
Chapter 21: Bitterwood Creek, by Arianna
I worked closely as Arianna’s beta for many years, and love all her stories; they tend to be long, complex, and rich with imagery and content. But “Bitterwood Creek” and “Distant Thunder” are the two that keep drifting through my mind. Yesterday my muse insisted that I make a cover for BC... and DT is starting to nag at me. *facepalm* We’ll see; stay tuned.
Update: Edited version to include all 5 lanterns that are in the story. Last night, I couldn’t get the color right on the tin, and the white was too fiddly. But after a good night’s sleep, it was no problem. I should try that solution more often!
Chapter 22: Bourbon & Aspirin - Another Bottle by Geminiangel
Title art for Bourbon & Aspirin - Another Bottle by Geminiangel. Note that this is still a WIP.
Since I made art for the first story in this universe, I've been toying with the idea of a cover for this one, but nothing gelled. But after Geminiangel saw the first cover, she liked it so much that she wondered if I could make one for this story. I explained that my muse had seemed uninterested, but I'd try. Apparently, my muse just needed a stronger show of interest; as soon as I posted my "I'll try" note, she jumped up with several ideas, and we were off and running. Merry Christmas, Geminiangel!
Chapter 23: Distant Thunder by Arianna
Title art for Distant Thunder by Arianna.
As I mentioned earlier, this is the second of Arianna’s stories that continues to stick in my memory. My muse was very particular about this; I tried several different flower varieties before we were both satisfied. (If she had spoken more clearly in the beginning, I’d have finished this earlier.) So it’s later than I wanted, but... Merry Christmas, Arianna!
Chapter 24: For the Children by StarWatcher
Title art for For the Children by StarWatcher.
Yeah -- one of my stories, which was (till now) posted only on my DW account. But this art thing is becoming a drug. I finished the cover for Distant Thunder then, less than 24 hours later, my mind was casting around for another story to inspire me. Nothing jumped up for attention, so I thought why not one of my own? This seemed like the easiest (and most fun) to start with -- although I had to format it and post it so I could link to the story. But finally... voilà!
Now I hope the muse will take a few days off; I have work to do. Arianna is coming to visit, and I want her to be able to walk in the house! Wish me luck.
Chapter 25: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by StarWatcher
Title art for Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by StarWatcher.
My muse is screaming, "Make more art!" Because I'm making so much art, I'm not reading enough new fic to generate ideas for those stories, so I'm turning to mine. The pictures I used in these covers are two scenes that I took while visiting Arianna in Vancouver several years ago. I couldn't decide which to use; I like both. While I was dithering, Arianna suggested I could use both on the story -- one as a header and one as a footer. So I did.
Title art for Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by StarWatcher.
Chapter 26: The Misty Solitudes by StarWatcher
Title art for The Misty Solitudes by StarWatcher.
I'm a little uncomfortable to be posting art for another one of my stories so soon -- I don't intend this art post to turn into a vehicle for showcasing only my stories. So I'll make up for it by saving art for my story until I have an art for another story at the same time; it'll be chapter 27.
All of the pictures in this story were taken by me, when I was visiting Arianna one summer (2004, I think); all were taken along the Pacific coast / forests in USA and Canada. Except for the rider in the endcap -- I found her on the internet...
Chapter 27: A Slap in the Face by Yanagi
Title art for A Slap in the Face by Yanagi.
My muse started talking by the time I was halfway through the story, but I managed to wait till I was finished before I made the cover. Now I'm ready to delve into the sequel. (Sshhh, muse... I don't have time to make another cover.)