I need a hero. Let’s play find that cover art! #FunnyPictures

This is a fun little exercise, I like to call find that cover art! I have a graphics artist who does my book covers, but I like to give her inspiration photos to show her what I’m thinking, because what’s my head isn’t necessarily what’s in her head. I’ve started looking for cover art to represent Dale Homme, the hero of Captured by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 3), which I’m writing now. Join me on my quest for inspiration photos. The boldfaced headers are the search terms I used.

“Macho military man”

Not the right tone

Not the right side. This is the guy my guy is fighting against.

What is up with her hair?

“Bare chested man”

Dude, what you doing with that wrench?

Oh yum. But I do need to see a little bit of his face.

Sweetie, I think your mommy is calling

“Masculine man”

My money is on her!

Too bad I don’t have chains in my story. Hmm…maybe a rewrite?

All my cyborgs wear Calvin, or they wear nothing at all…

He’s been in the wild a little too long.

What’s funny about this is the caption. Read what it says under “Sexy Man.”

This guy looks too much like a cyborg

Dale, Dale, where for art thou, Dale?

How important are inspiration photos? Here are the inspiration photos I gave the artist from the last project:

Hot guy alert

And the heroine

And this is what the cover artist did with it

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8 Responses to I need a hero. Let’s play find that cover art! #FunnyPictures

  1. Deanna says:

    Ha ha ha ha … “a sexy man crouches down waiting for love”. Cracked me right up. I search for stock photos for my blog all the time and it’s hard to come up with good images.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      It is hard. So few photos meet the criteria, which is why you see the same models over and over on different book covers.

  2. I’m not even going to try to find a photo of a heroine in a spacesuit for my next novel. So far I’ve had to make do with illustrations and paintings. (But illustrations and paintings that I love!) As for Calvin Klein, a little Photoshop and he’s out of the picture.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Sci-fi covers are challenging. The backgrounds are fairly easy, but futuristic people are hard to find. Fortunately, beefcakes always works.

  3. Liza O'Connor says:

    Truly, why a wrench? A light saber, a pole, a sword. But a wrench? “Hold still Cyborg, I’m going to tighten your bolts!”
    As for the heroine, I’ve the same pic for one of my covers, only I played with it a bit.
    And the definition of ‘handsome’ took some real blows. Honestly, the sites could use some truth controls. I never want young people to NOT think they are handsome or beautiful, so I’ll let the kid slid, but some of the other ‘handsome’ fellows truly missed the mark.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      The guy with the wrench looks like he’s beating on something! It makes me wonder how do people use these photos, like the kid with gun & the guy flipping the bird. In what context would anyone use those photos?

  4. Great post. I think I actually have Crouching Man on one of my covers but in a different post, and he’s hot.

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