Photo or Artwork

Sometime next year I’m hoping to have my vampire series pieced together and published.  Now, I know that I’m a long way off this as it will be towards the end of the year that I’m getting this wrapped up but it got me thinking about the cover that I want for it.  I was thinking about having a cover made up but I am also tempted to have a real life person on the cover.  I know a model who I am convinced would be happy to be my cover model for this and I think she’d look great on the cover, but my question is; what is the general opinion of having this sort of cover art?  Is the photo a good idea? Or is the artist a better idea?

Finding An Illustrator

One of my goals for this year is to find an illustrator that can give me what I cannot do myself.  I would love to have the ability to draw because I have some great images in my head but it is not a gift that I have so I need to find someone who can create covers and back rounds for my fiction and blogs and so forth.  I do not know where to start with this so I will draw up a list of websites of the podcasts that I listen to that I know use illustrators or talk about artwork in genre fiction.  I am going to have a good look through the web to find the style that I want so I can hone in on an artist to work with.

I need to find two different types of artist though as I write science fiction and urban fantasy/horror, so for those two different genres I will most likely need to find someone for each.  Ideally I would like to find someone who is at the early stage of their career like I am and build a long-term working relationship with, but this is not an ideal world so I’ll have to see how it goes.  I’ve got one name that I want to check out but I’m not sure it will be what I am after.

This search will start tomorrow after I’ve hit my 1000 word target that I have for tomorrow.