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New Portfolio

I am an artist, and illustrator, and a book cover designer. I have been asked quite a bit in the past for a link to my portfolio where people could see examples of not only my cover design, but my illustrations, maps, and logos as well.

All I had to share was a link to an album on Google+ which I doubt did a very good job of showcasing my work.

So today I took the time to put together some graphic design banners that feature my work and then used Youtube to put them to music and tada! I have a brand new video portfolio that I am going to share on my about me page.

All said and done, not counting the time it took to create the artwork, logos, maps and book covers, the entire video took me about six hours to make.

I’d love to get your feedback on it, I need to know if everything is clearly visible or if I need to make a few adjustments.

Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to check it out 🙂

If you are interested in any of the services I provide, you can find them here.

Thanks again for watching!

Please leave a comment below.

Making Maps

I was happy when I received a commission last month to illustrate a Map for Aaron Thomas, author of The Weapon Bearer. Check out his website and books here.


Maps are one of my favorite things to illustrate, I love the look of an old map, they just whisk you away to far off worlds in your mind and you’re instantly on an adventure.

This is only the third map I have ever created but I think I’m improving a lot with each project. If you have any suggestions for my future creations I’d love to hear them. I hope to do many more map illustrations in the future.

If you are looking for a map illustration I’d love to hear from you. Check out this link to find out more information.




Vote for Your Favorite Sci-Fi Cover

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I have just finished up designing these five sci-fi book covers.

They are all for sale at $75 for each premade cover design. There are no hidden fees. When you purchase a premade book cover from the gallery, it is immediately removed and no longer offered. The cover you purchase on the premade cover designs page is unique and will not be offered for sale again.

Each premade cover design package comes with your Trade Paperback cover, your  free eBook cover, plus two free 3D covers for use on your website or in your social media marketing methods.

Vote for Your Favorite Book Cover Design

You can find the poll to vote below. Take your time but remember that these are merely concept cover designs, so the image quality might not be as good as the final cover would be.

My favorite is Aurora, and then Moon Base Eleven. 🙂

Be sure to come and see me for your next book cover design.

Cover Concept Contest: Vote for your Favorite Cover

This is a book cover design I have been working on recently which will be a movie poster as well. Most of the book cover designs closely follow my clients vision for the manuscript.

I have to say that I am biased and prefer my original illustration which was an abstract of a man walking out of the desert with the sun behind him. I think that as a book cover it catches the viewer off guard and draws them in with the line-work moving in toward the sun. I think it is a unique book cover illustration that would stand out from the crowd while cleverly representing the story.

Whichever book cover design you choose, please also let me know what you think of the book cover illustration in the comments below

Remember that these are just book cover concepts, so nothing is set in stone and they look rough around the edges. Also the quality is not as fine or detailed as a finished work would be. I appreciate you taking the time to vote because your decision helps me to take a step back and look at the book cover designs from a different perspective.

Thank You



The Art of a Short Story


Guest Post by author John Lynn

         If I hadn’t accepted the invitation from a critique group, I would have never written a short story.  While I was forewarned in a novel-writing course that most of us neophytes were not novelists, I pressed on, boring the poor souls around me with long literary pieces destined for the trash bin.  This was not to say that I would never write a novel; rather, now was not the time.  Then came the question, how does one tell a story in two thousand words?  The answer: Let the subconscious do the walking, the pen do the talking.  I sat down to write Mirage, not knowing I was about to do so.  My mind wandered as my pen walked across the page.  From deep in my consciousness a story, good enough to win something, appeared.  I was in shock.

     The genesis of For Posterity came from a much different place, the heart.  Over the course of two years, I had written many short stories, winning congratulations on many of them.  One of the stories was titled: Generations.  I thought of the title; who might read this story, and the other short tales, after I had passed?  Rather than submitting the stories to magazines, I decided to enclose the ensemble of stories between a cover, For Posterity.  

     I had utilized the virtual world (Dreamstime) for a book cover before, but these stories were too close to my soul.  Meeting the right artist who had already painted my cover was a pure stroke of luck – and good networking.  M. Allsion produced the book cover and graphite pencil sketches to precede each tale.  The final pencil sketch closes the book and decorates the back cover as well.

     With the assistance of a tech-minded reader, I posted For Posterity.   I had promoted two longer works online and found little interest after the first couple of months.  Here’s the kicker: I’m about to post another short novel: El Camino Real.  But, I’m getting ahead of myself.  With M. Allison’s art and my wisdom scribbled between the covers, I wanted For Posterity in my hands to tout on the road.  I utilized a printing service to produce fifty copies.  Between giveaways and surprising sales they were gone almost immediately.  Thus, back to the printer for a larger volume of books.  Now, I walk the beautiful trails of Sedona and Carmel with my backpack filled; what better way to nature walk across gorgeous countryside?  My advice to other Indie writers, no matter how many sales one envisions online, have an ample supply of copies in hand.  You are by far the best and often the only salesperson capable of selling your product.

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email: jbaelynn@att.net

“For Posterity” is available on Amazon

Cover Artist: M. Allison