This time, however, I won’t paint bold abstracts or Colorado landscapes. My characters will be my subjects. I’ve always wanted to paint using that wonderful subtle realism that makes you say, that looks almost real. Remember the full size issues of Analog? The illustrations were as fantastic as the stories. Sometimes you see similar art in graphic novels and, occasionally, this type of illustration still appears on book covers.
So, I’m going to give it a try. I want to slide my folks into paint form, but I’ve had a few second thoughts. Once I’ve created this art, I’m not sure I’ll show it to anyone who might read my book. It’s funny how the mind works, but the moment I see a character translated into 2D art my brain will automatically revert to that picture – no matter what. Is it like that for everyone?
My question for is you is, if you could paint your characters, would you? And, if you could choose any cover art for your book, what would it be? Do you want to solidify your picture of your characters in your readers’ minds, or do you want them to create their own images?