No Problem – I Can Do My Own Cover Art…

I’ve just about finished my book. I don’t want to expend the time and money for an artist to render a cover that may involve several drafts and additional costs and then maybe end up with something I’m not quite sure I really like. I used to draw all the time when I was young – all through grade school and high school, but lost interest in college. I helped my niece develop an interest in drawing when she was only three years old – and she’s now a very talented anime artist. It should be like riding a bike, just get back on, fall down a time or two, but pretty soon you’re back to racing down the street! Not so much, as it turns out.

I purchased an inexpensive graphic tablet and zipped through the tutorial, anxious to get on with my project. Controlling the applied pressure using the pen was a bit tricky, but I finally got the hang of it. Then I practiced using the actual drawing area of the tablet. I found out that I tend toward broad, large strokes that disappear from the screen unexpectedly. I’ve gained enough control over my wayward wrist action to get on with the cover idea.

And here’s where I get to the root problem…I can’t draw anymore! I never would have imagined that old saying “use it or lose it” would apply to me. After all, if I can still write backwards like I did in high school, why can’t I still draw what I see?

Yeah, there are many psychological theories about artistic abilities. But I lean more toward another old saying, “practice makes perfect.” I believe I can, eventually, regain some of my ability – but do I want to wait two or three months for that day?

Nope. Spring break is next week. I’ve called my niece.