C. Bilici

Author of horror, dark urban fantasy and other awesomeness


What more is there to say?

Oh, you want more…? Fine!

So I had to ink up the image of Stacey for the new cover of Ward. Tattoos play a pretty big part in the world, but Stacey had tatts before she got into things, though they are definitely form over function.

I knew in my mind that she would have a few, a sleeve and her shoulder at least. What I didn’t know was what form they would take. I knew they wouldn’t be tribal, but that’s about it. Then I was listening to Dead Robots’ Society (I think) and Terry Mixon (again, I think) spoke about a book series where each cover had different tattoos on the cover character pertaining to events in the book. I thought that was a pretty cool idea so I stole that, though the artwork is barely visible.

Part of that is because I just don’t trust my artistic ability not to look too shit that people won’t even consider buying the damn book when it’s out. I think it’s sufficient to at least avoid that in most part. Another reason is I just don’t have the time to do more on it. Lastly, it was also a stylistic choice, which serendipitously aided my design — or lack thereof.

But then when I finished, I was pretty happy with it. I mean, it’s definitely not going to win me any awards and I shouldn’t give up my day job, but I think I’m allowed to be a little proud.

So here she is, folks.

It’s pretty rough, I know, but at the size it will be when printed it won’t make too much of a difference, especially when all the darkness and stuff is layered on, like so:

A bit of a shame, regardless of the shoddiness of my work.

Oh well, maybe in book 2?


Ward – Stacey Trampler Series: Book One


Ramblings of a Madman

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