I have some super-awesome-great news! I finally found the name of the artist who has inspired me for years! Apparently, way back when I had first found the "picture" of my main male character, someone else had posted/used it with no connection whatsoever to the actual artist. (tisk-tisk) I had no clue how to go about finding the artist back then, and to be honest, didn't give it much thought...until...
I started researching all the ins and outs of self-publishing - and while reading about creating a book cover, I realized there would be absolutely NO other cover art I could ever imagine using, other than (my) cherished picture. I knew I couldn't use the artwork without permission, so I decided I had start looking for the artist. All I can say is:
I love Google!
Lo and behold! I found my artist yesterday, and not only is she amazing, the picture I have Loved for a few years now was still available for my book cover! Here is her original artwork:
The original art only needed a bit of fixing...come on, everyone knows that vampires don't wear crosses, so she changed it to a black medallion (which is in my book), and since the "man" looked a little too young, she added a bit of scruffiness to his face. My artist, Amela had it done within a very short time and sent me this sample last night:
Pretty awesome, right? Don't you Love it too?
If you follow me on Face-Book, Google+ or Twitter, you may have already seen the picture. Can you tell how excited I am? YAY! Now I can get to business and get my book ready for print!
Thanks again, Amela! I Love your art, and definitely plan to use your artwork for my next project!! I've already got my eye on several pictures!
Here is the link to my wonderful artist! (Notice how I keep saying she is MY artist? Hope she doesn't mind, but I Love her!)
And here is the link to her deviant-Art website: http://iimadhoshiii.deviantart.com/
Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
Thanks for reading!