Book Covers

I am now making super cheap book covers in hopes to get some extra cash. I’m sick to death of being broke all the time.

Below are some examples:

Available Book Cover #1

Available Book Cover #2

Available Book Cover #3

Available Book Cover #4

I also have a post on deviantart about my prices here:

http://forum.deviantart.com/jobs/services/2247130/

Obligatory Angry Election Post

(Posted this originally on Facebook.)
I’m going to be deactivating my Facebook for awhile. I am sick to death, refuse to have people belittle MY opinion while fiercely defending the opposition. No one has to conform to my view of the world, but this goes deeper for me.
 
Last night, I felt our country go back fifty years. So much can go wrong in a Trump presidency and while I am no Hillary fan and feel like our Democracy failed us with these two candidates, I also fear something I have never felt during an election before: fear.
 
Everyone patting themselves on the back for voting Trump do not seem to understand everything he stands for.
 
Speaking for my community (LGBT), I have already seen so many people on Facebook today that have said “Just when has Trump said anything negative about gay people?” Then when presented with anything that has ACTUAL QUOTES FROM TRUMP, they immediately dismiss it as ‘unreliable’.
 
I cannot do this. I always thought I would be one of those people that could just sit back and say, maybe he’ll be gone in four years. But the problem is that I feel like four years under him is too long. My community has made great strides toward equality, and Trump’s VP pick is vehemently Anti-LGBT. He believes in conversion therapy. He wants to overturn marriage equality in the states. Just google it and see for yourselves.
 
I cannot even bring myself to talk to some of the people I love dearly today because I know they voted Trump. I feel terrible about it, but they voted for a man that is against my community, brags about sexually assaulting women, and is a terrible person in general. I cannot bring myself to have conversations with people I love because I feel like they voted against MY COMMUNITY’S struggle for equality, they voted FOR misogyny, and they voted fear into the households of people that under our constitution have freedom of religion and fear into the households of LEGAL immigrants.
 
This is a slap in the face to me by people that I respect, and therein lies the problem. How can someone truly be a friend to me as a woman in a lesbian marriage, yet vote for someone as repugnant as Trump? How can anyone look me in the eye or talk to me, claim to be a straight ally or a supporter of women’s rights yet vote for that horrible person?
 
The honest answer is people are disillusioned. Those that are more socially progressive will pat themselves on the back because they are a straight ally or for women’s rights. They want to have their cake and eat it too. Claim to support their female, Muslim, immigrant, LGBT friends, but vote against their best interests. It breaks my fucking heart into a million tiny pieces.
 
Some of you will look at this as a shot at you, to which I say, this is not about you or anyone specific. It is for those people that smile and nod when you ask for their support yet vote someone into office that means the absolute worst for that group’s rights as both friends and American citizens.
 
So there is what I have to say. I have no interest in turning this into a debate, so while you may say what you like, I will not be responding. The moment he got voted into office was the moment I realized that I may not have as many friends as I once thought I did.

Inktober Favorites

So last month, I participated in my first Inktober, where the month of October is used, much like NaNoWriMo for writers, for artists. It is about drawing every day and making art every day. It is intense, but I managed to pull it off.

My art isn’t amazing by far, but I do feel like I’ve improved quite a bit.

Below are my top five favorites from the challenge.

MALILA


Malila is a mermaid character belonging to my wife. She is darker skinned with silver eyes, kind of funny and quirky, and pretty.

malila

NALEDI


Naledi belongs to a friend that plays the online MUD The Land of Karchan with my wife and I. She’s a real sweetheart and I did this as a request for her.

nalediinktober

 

CORPSE BRIDE


I love Tim Burton, and even though I did Sally last month as well, I think my Corpse Bride came out even better.

corpsebride-copy

AMALTHEA


The Last Unicorn is one of my favorite movies ever, and I do so little fan art of any of my nerddoms that I thought drawing her would be fun.

I was very unhappy with the initial sketch, so I did a lot of tinkering in Photoshop to get her proportions right. I love the color palette, and even though this wasn’t one of my best from the month, I feel proud to have drawn something from one of my favorite movies/books ever.

amalthea2

ANAISSA


Anaissa is a character that I do not know or interact with, but she was a request from deviantart. She’s messy and I apparently forgot the henna tattoos on her face and body, but given how fast I drew, inked, and colored this intricate design, I’m really proud of the outcome.

anaissa

 

So there you have it, my favorites from last month.

Also of note, I plan on taking a variation of the 100 themes challenge and applying it to a daily flash fiction challenge. Anywhere from 100-500 words. Some days, you may get this only instead of a real post of substance. Other days, it may be a complimentary post.

Take care!

N.N. Bell