Most authors plan to have an elaborate cover for their book. We’ve all heard the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but…. we all judge books by their covers, so making sure we have a good one for our own is at the top of our pre-publishing checklist.
What about art throughout the book though?
Children’s books, comics, graphic novels, etc will always have lots of art, but for all other categories of books, the art content varies and is usually optional.
Artwork in the book can add to the reader’s experience, or it can take away from it if done poorly. Choosing to include art really depends on the experience you want the reader to have, just know that whichever you decide it will have a huge impact.
For Isle of Elandia, I’m mulling around the idea of breaking it down into episodes instead of one huge novel. One of the things I’m considering is adding artwork to each episode. To test it out, I commissioned UnknownArtist20 from Deviantart to create a character art of Farwen and her horse Inan. She also recorded a speedpaint which you can view on her youtube channel here.
I’m in love with this image she created, and I’m excited to commission her again for more character drawings in the future.