DIY: Author Illustrations

October 4, 2017

I'm envious of the talented people who can create sketches from a vision only they can see. I'm not blessed with that gift.

 

So, what can an author like me do who wants to dabble in adding illustrations to a story?

 

I recently invested in a Wacom Intuous drawing tablet. It's not big. It's not fancy. But, it's just right for me.

 

It has the added benefit of coming with software that for me is much easier to use than Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. It's called ArtRage Lite. It has all the basics I require for my newbie needs.

 

After reading a few tutorials on how to use the tablet with the ArtRage software, I did manage to create a simple drawing that can be used in an illustrated version of one of my short stories.

 

By using a few simple sketches, I can bring new life into a story that had previously appeared in an anthology and that has since had the rights returned to me. I wanted to do something fresh with it to entice readers to buy it as a .99 digital single.

 

This is my first foray into the artistic realm of book illustrations, and I made a small pigeon that fits my needs. Here it is. Nothing fancy, but it works. And if I can do it, then I'm guessing many others can too.

 

Perhaps my example will fuel your own imagination to do something similar. I'd love to see what other authors have done with stories that have had the rights reverted back to them.

 

Feel free to comment any such ideas that have worked for you.

 

In the meantime, give sketching a try. See what fun images/scenes you can create without having a lot of natural talent.

 

And, as always-

 

HAPPY READING!

 

 

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