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God in the Time of the Internet

Not often do I get to be so creative. The background is from my space art, and then the brain was one of those experiments with blending modes that turned out far more compelling than I ever hoped for. The people in the bubble are all connected. I’m always hoping one of my covers will make it to a top one-hundred seller. I’m sure the authors I do covers for wish much the same. I always design as though the […]

Michael Atman, My Spock Persona

I put my faith in reason, logic and truth before Spock became my hero. As a Trekkie I take an agnostic view of religion, but I fall short of the collectivist views of Gene Roddenberry. What works on a starship doesn’t necessarily work in society. I am also a fan of Michael Crichton and Carl Sagan, who were brave enough to express controversial views in their fiction. I have an idealistic view of the future while remaining realistic about human […]

eBook Covers (part 9)

I always love pictures of nebula. There we see some of the most beautiful images of space. There are several techniques I use to get the colors and patterns, but most come from pictures of smoke taken on a pure black background. With a dozen or so images, ranging through the spectrum from deep reds to light blues, and everything in-between, I simply move layers around, creating patterns of color, and adjusting opacity to get the effects I desire. Once […]

eBook Covers (part 8)

There are things in Photoshop, like spacecraft, that are a little hard to produce. I’m always curious what tools they use when making movies like Avatar or Prometheus. For the ships to really look real, I’m sure they are engineered with CAD before they even get to programs like Photoshop. In Hope Landing, the spacecraft is actually a mulifacited model with numerous blending modes applied. I must confess, it looks more real than many of the ridiculous models you see […]

eBook Covers (part 7)

It is important for covers to convey a feeling. It would make no sense to have a book about an ice planet and see a sunny beach on the cover. This should hold true for any book. Ice Planet is a composite that uses a group of frost covered trees, a frozen lake, some hills for a backdrop, and a sky at sunset with a ringed planet. The two girls with their dog are seemingly in awe, which is a […]

eBook Covers (part 5)

So, this series is about art, and specifically about cover art. However, it’s a little difficult at the moment to concentrate solely on art with the direction this nation is headed, so since this is my blog I’m going to rant a little bit at the end, which you can skip if all you want to do is look at pictures. Guardians is another of my favorite composites. As far as sci-fi goes, the title can certainly fit a scenario […]

eBook Covers (part 4)

I’m always reluctant to add too much, too soon, but when you’re in the middle of projects, it’s best to just get done. So, more to share. Solar Dimming is one of those composites that worked way better than expected. The Photo Art was created from mountains in Nevada, a frozen lake in colorado, and a planet created from a loaf of bread. The distant sun is just a spot of light on the horizon, not a picture of our […]

eBook covers (part 3)

I confess I saw something similar when I produced this cover, but the art work I saw wasn’t actually art work. I’m pretty sure it was an image from Hubble. In my eBook cover sample, I painstakingly created the Sombrero Galaxy. It was a time consuming Photoshop project, but the kind that helps you learn how to blend layers. Sometimes I wish I had a full time job doing art scenes for futuristic movies. Creator, which I hesitated to use […]

The Best Sci-fi Movies Ever

When it comes to movies, I’m always amazed at which movies get top rating, and where some of my favorites fall in lists of hundreds. Some lists don’t even mention some of my favorites. I’m often thinking that the critics don’t know what they are talking about, or someone is shoving money in their pocket. My own science fiction doesn’t exactly run in the mainstream. It’s far from hardcore, but I don’t find that most sci-fi movies fall into the […]