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Calm ocean at sunset, text reads 'Milsom Bay' by Ytteb

Title art for the Milsom Bay series by Ytteb.
First story is Betrayal.

 

 

 

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Atlantis with Golden Gate behind, headshots of John & Rodney above/in front of city

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 was gracious enough to include it as an endcap.

 

 

 

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Heads of Daniel Jackson and Rodney McKay on blue geometric background. Text reads, 'You Get What You Need When You Need It' by Glenda

Title art for You Get What You Need When You Need It by Glenda.

 

 

 

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headshots of Rodney McKay and Tony DiNozzo, smiling at each other, on background of starry blue.  Text reads, '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.

 

 

 

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Mature leafy tree with sunlight shining through.  Headshots of Tony DiNozzo and Sheriff Stilinski in upper right corner.  Headshots of Stiles Stilinski and Derek Hale in lower left corner.  Text reads 'A Fae Awakening' by Hellbells

Title art for A Fae Awakening by Hellbells.

 

 

 

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Isolated road curving into distance between leafy green trees.  In upper left corner, headshots of Tony DiNozzo in a sheriff uniform and Jackson Gibbs gaze at reader.  Text reads ‘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 times a charm! (I hope.)

 

 

 

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Multicolored panel of an Atlantis window as background.  Text reads 'Sheppard Brothers'.

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>

 

 

 

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Three-part panel.  Tony DiNozzo on left, Tom Kirkman on right.  Middle is blank with text reading 'Designate: First Husband'.

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...

 

 

 

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Using White House as background, foreground is a three-part panel.  Tony DiNozzo on left, Tom Kirkman on right.  Middle text reads, 'Designate: First Husband'.

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.

 

 

 

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Ron, Harry, Hermione standing shoulder to shoulder with vaulted ceiling background.  Text reads 'Muggle Fairy Tales are Mad!'

Title art for Muggle Fairy Tales Are Mad! by Meltha.

 

 

 

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Tony and Castiel face each other on cloudy sky background.  Test reads 'Divine Assistance' with 'divine'  surrounded by golden halo floating above the men.

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.

 

 

 

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variegated gray background.  Top of picture -- head of wolf looks at viewer.  Busts of Remus Lupin and Tony DiNozzo to either side.  Bottom of picture -- smaller busts of Neville Longbottom, Tali DiNozzo, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy arranged in a shallow arch.  Text reads, 'Dog Days (are just beginning'.

Title art for Dog Days (are just beginning) by Hellbells.

 

 

 

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On a light blue, snow-flecked background are two Christmas wreaths decorated with ribbons and ornaments.  Headshots of adult Harry Potter in one wreath, adult Draco Malfoy in the other.   Text below reads  'Bitter Honey, Green Night'.

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.

 

 

 

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Top right, bottle pouring bourbon into a glass.  Bottle of aspirin next to glass.  Middle left, headshots of Tony & Gibbs, in suits, look at each other from sides of eyes.  Two gold engraved rings in front of them.  Middle right, fluffy puppy on grass.  Text reads 'Bourbon & Aspirin'.

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.)