Sketch of Cover

The design part of Kabobbles has been putting a lot of work into the cover for The Consultant and the Cat.

This would wrap around like a print book’s cover. We will be offering to print versions as well as the ebooks, but the print version may not be available at the same time as the ebook release. Not all of this image will end up on the front, but here’s a sketch to show the general idea.

I added in a bit of text, but it probably won’t stay where I put it, and the colors aren’t quite right yet. The leopard will be black, not just an outline, but this gives you a sense of what’s coming.

consultant and cat cover sketch

At Last, More Art

The two halves of Kabobbles came together to make a beautiful piece of art.

Okay, yes, the author had very little to do with anything but the concept, but that doesn’t mean that the picture’s not very close to the concept and true to the characters, thanks to the talents of the graphic artist of the team.

in the family cover art

The story is still in the process of being edited, but this title will be available as soon as the edits are completed.

Why It Had to Be Flames

I was looking to see what Larabee might do in his designing, and well, a quick google search led me to this photo. I had to share it with anyone reading The Not-So-Super Superhero.

It’s so… perfect.

A wedding dress with flames. Larabee would make that.

Curious? Hop over there and see what Larabee’s been up to.

Hello, Katya

One of the things that we at Kabobbles like to offer as a part of our ebook experience is divider art. It enhances the reading of the story not just in having a pretty picture, but as some ereaders do not seem to keep spacing between scenes and chapters like they should, art makes a nice differentiation between the scenes.


Well, yesterday, the design half of Kabobbles made an absolutely wonderful divider art for The Consultant and the Cat, one almost too good just to be divider art.


Therefore, it must be shared.


leopard divider art

I Am Not an Artist

I had a simple concept for the art on Just a Whim. From the beginning, I knew what I wanted, and I even thought I knew how to get it. I was definitely wrong about that.


The cover needed only a few things, a hand and some ribbons. Why ribbons? Why a hand? I thought both of them symbolized what the story was largely about. Whim’s ability to see these things that pass through our thoughts and hands sometimes faster than we notice. The dreams, the hopes, the wishes, and the fear, all kind of like threads passing by. Then we have his mother who gave him rules, and these rules could be chains, but Thyme points out that they could be more like guidelines, that they only really matter when Whim believes in them, and so in a way, the cover is also showing those rules falling away.


At least, that was the theory. The execution of it… Well, it definitely didn’t look good when I started in on it. I figured all I needed was a picture of my hand with some ribbons. Then the color was wrong, so I started to fix that.


cover art attempt start whim


You can see it wasn’t going quite as I hoped. Still, I kept trying. I got rid of the background, made it so that the ribbons were all solid color, and the hand even looked… okay.


progressing cover attempt whim


It was coming along. Really. Okay, kind of.


nearly complete attempt


I thought making it white in back would help.


pretty much end of attempt on whim


Still, I could tell it was wrong. I asked for help. This is what I got. This is why I need a cover artist. Because the cover artist did this.


just a whim cover art


It’s still my hand, though.

Perhaps Art Will Inspire Fic…

I am not an artist.

I acknowledge that.

Still, I have this piece here that I did a quick computer colorization of, and so… let us play us a game?

It could be fun. Tell me what this picture makes you think of. (If the colors interfere, I can put the black and white version up, too.)

Anything you think of, feel free to tell me. If you have… say, a story idea… Maybe you can inspire fic.

If you do inspire fic, then you could possibly get…

  1. a dedication
  2. a free copy of the story as an ebook in the format you choose
  3. a free copy of the print version

And, of course, everyone will see the story. Forgot to mention that.


Feel free to critique the drawing as well. I am not an artist, after all.