Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Ambassador Trilogy

The final book in the Ambassador Trilogy by Mia Villano just released! You go girl.
While I'm not big on political romance and I tend to like the darker stuff I did enjoy this trilogy. I liked the first two books but let me tell you, this last one... O...M...G...LOVE! The new POV is great and Villano's writing has grown with each book. Always love an author that grows. And yes. I did design the covers for the series, call me bias all you want but that shouldn't stop you from 1-clicking these gems. ;)

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The Ambassador & Me...An Unlikely Love Story
Book 1
"It is a pleasure to meet you Ambassador. I'm Isabella Piori, your Attache's new assistant."
"Is that right?" This man riveted me. I was in a trance. He was raw sex in a tux and nothing like I had ever seen before.
He entered my life like an unexpected storm out of nowhere. I couldn't help myself and I didn't want to. He was beautiful, rustic, and confident. There was something between us when our eyes locked onto each other. It was electrifying. I had never wanted anything so much in my life.
His love changed me and made me stronger. He made me realize that my life could be so more. But it hurt. I hurt. I became someone else.

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Paris, The Ambassador & Me... Part Deux
Book 2
Isabella has walked away from the family business to start a career that she has always wanted. In doing so, she has met Fabrice, the French Ambassador and the man that has changed her life. But her insecurities and constant longing for happiness, has caused Isabella to second guess her decisions.
Their passion is strong, hardly controllable, and deeply sensual.
Fabrice is everything Isabella could want in a man, in and out of bed. Or is he?
When Fabrice must go to Paris, a vindictive ex-girlfriend causes more problems and more insecurities for Isabella to deal with. Along with her sisters shocking confession, her ex-boyfriend, and an illness of someone close to her, Isabella questions everything in her life, including her love for Fabrice.
Can they overcome it all and be together, or will something rock their world again? 

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My Sweet Isabella
Book 3
Life changes in a blink of an eye. One minute I was on top of the world. I was the French Ambassador, confident, and ready to marry the woman of my dreams. The next minute I was fighting for my life in a French hospital. I wasn't supposed to live, but I did. I made it and came back stronger than ever. However, there was a price to pay for living. A price that nearly killed me again. In order to keep Isabella safe. I had to let her go. In order to let her go I had to die inside.
Without her my will to live was gone. I had to find the strength inside myself to rise above the pain and fight like hell for the one thing in life that made me whole. Could I do it?
Would she come back to me? Did she still need me? Could we find the love again that held us both together?

Friday, March 18, 2016

Line Art Tutorial: New Dawn Illustartion

It's been a long time since I've done one of these posts, but I know how you all love to see this stuff. So here I am giving you another look at how I creature my magic. First, I would like to give a shout out to the author that commissioned this piece, Ellie Hart. Follow the link to her Facebook page and make sure to grab her book New Dawn, when its released.

Now on to the FUN!
Note: I work a little all over the place, putting my process down doesn't always translate well but I'll try my best. Also please do not copy this image or use without permission. This tutorial is best used by people that have a good understand a Photoshop. If you're a beginner, sorry this might be hard to follow.

Inking Tutorial #2

1. No big surprise here, I start with a sketch. Because my tablet and photoshop acts up ALL the time, I usually do my sketches the old fashion way. Pencil and paper, plus it just fun.

For the rest of this process I will be using my outdated unreliable Photoshop CS3.

 2. I know the photos are a little hard to make out so I'll make sure to cover everything on the written part. Once my sketch is uploaded into Photoshop the first thing I do is setup my file. The sketch is on a work-surface of 1000X1000 pixels. The sketch is on the bottom layer, the second layer is a solid white with 50% opacity, and the third is where our line-art will go. I change my brushes to square brushes size 2 pixels (square brushes are included in Photoshop), for the hair I set the following for the brush. Under Windows>Brushes>Shape Dynamics, change the control to Fade and the Minimum Diameter to 30% or so. Play around with it, see what you come up with.

3. Make sure you're on the top layer where the line-art will go and your color is set to black. (Very important. I often forget its on white then wonder why I can't see anything.) 
For the outlining process I use my pen tool...I love my pen tool. If you don't love your pen tool use it till you do. It is a big time saver and makes inking a lot easier.
Since we are going to be using a fade for the hair make sure to be aware of where the fade will start and end. You want to put the first anchor down where the heaviest point of your line will be, then end it at the lightest. I like to end the path at a point in the spike of the hair. 
Just be careful when going from end to point not to connect the two lines unless you mean to. I often leave them open ended so it fades into a point.

 4. Once you have all the lines set up with your pen tool, right click and select stroke path. This will bring up the box in the picture. 
You want to make sure brush is selected and that Simulate Pressure is checked. Then hit OK.
Note: Again make sure you have black as your foreground color and your on the top layer where you want your line-art.

5. This is what you should end up with. Its an interesting effect and works really good for the messy hair look. Especially if there are short spiky ends.

6. Before we start on the rest of the picture time to change up the brushed. Keep all the settings but change the control under Shape Dynamics from Fade to Pen Pressure. Done.

7. Now repeat the outline with the pen tool on the face. Make sure when you right click and click Stroke Path, that the Pen Simulation is checked.
Tip: I like to do each portion of the outline on a different layer: Hair, skin, shirt, ect. Once everything is outlined you can merge all the layers of the outline. Doing this allows you to change or adjust lines in different areas without worrying about messing up other portions.

8. Here you see what it looks like with the face and hand outlined. By clicking off the sketch layer I can get a better idea of what the lines look like. Notice there are a view areas that are lighter that I actually want to darken.

9. The areas where I want to adjust the line/mark it darker/thicker are areas where the skin creases or is in shadow. The line would naturally be thicker in those areas because...shadows.

10. Also I didn't like where the jaw line as sitting. To make a quick adjustment for that use the Lasso tool and select around the line. Then use Free Transform to move, shorten, or lengthen the line. Shortcut is Ctrl+T.

11. Soooo much better!
12. Now onto areas where the lines are considerably thicker. For these lines, like the crack of the mouth, the outline of the eyes, you are still going to use the pen tool. This time instead of leaving the path open ended, you want to close the path. This means outlining the area then right clicking, instead of selecting stroke path you want to fill path.

13. Now repeat those last few steps to complete the line art. Not looking too bad, but some adjustments are needed.
14. There are areas, like the face, that need to be darkened. You can do this by outlining the line with a shorter path using your pen tool using the same settings. This will darken the line, or when stroking the path you can unselect the Simulate Pressure. But that runs the risk of making the line look off. In the end just play with it and see what happens. Find the way you like to work and go with it.

15. In the end just play around with the pen tool and the different settings. There are tons of looks you can end up with. Also, don't freak out about following my steps to the T. Work however you want, whatever feels comfortable and works for you.
Here is the finished lineart. Not some changes that were adjusted from the sketch. There is nothing wrong with making adjustments as you go.

You can catch more of my work or even commission something on my website. Hit me up on social media to see WIPS, updates, and more.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Giveaway: Win An Ebook Cover Design By Me

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!

To celebrate I'm giving away a custom Ebook cover designed by me. Head over to my Facebook page to enter, and check out some of my work below.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Pre-Made Monday: March

Pre-made Monday
It's the first Monday in March, which means it's time for some new pre-made covers. These covers will be up on my website later this month, along with all past covers that have not been sold.

All pre-mades are sold only once, they are designed with stock images from 123RF. I can not help if the stock images are reused in other covers or teasers, and I try to make the design as unique as possible despite the stock images used.

All pre-mades are sold at the price listed which includes minor changes. (Color, font, additional text, ect.)
Theses are ebook covers and will be an additional $15 charge for full print wrap.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these just email me with the subject line: Premade.
Include the name of the pre-made cover you would like, title of the book, and author name along with any other information.
email: jnsheats@gmail.com

Premade015_Roses&Magic: $40

Premade016_InChaos: $40

Premade017_BrokenPromise: $40

Premade018_TheFall: $40

Premade019_HiddenPath: $40