Sunday, 13 June 2010

Me + Dragon =

Recently a friend told me that she’d had a dream that she was reading a book that I’d written. On the back was a photo of me holding a cat. I thought about author photos and couldn’t remember any that had anything but a professional-looking head and shoulders, so just out of interest I asked some fellow writers on an online writers’ group what they thought of the idea. Most thought it should just be head and shoulders, though some thought for a children’s writer, it might be okay.

One person, however, suggested that being a fantasy author, I should probably be holding a dragon. That got my creative juices flowing and I've just spent a pleasant afternoon messing around in Photoshop. Dynamo had been doing some practice with a camera last weekend and this was just one of the shots he took.


In my myriad files on the computer I had this rather rough dragon.

Put them together, tweak a few things here and there and...this is the result.



What do you think. Shall I start a new trend? At the very least I think I could use this when I finally get around to revamping my website. The only problem is - some might be confused as to which is the dragon.

7 comments:

Clare said...

Surely you are the green one with the red spots, therefore the dragon is the other? ;)
I'm very impressed with the photo manipulation - I assumed you were holding a stuffed toy. This picture would grace the cover of any childrens' book and I could imagine the accompanying blurb referring to you living with your family and pet dragon...
Hope your friend's dream comes true (though I think the dragon picture would be more popular, and unique, than a cat. Maybe you could call your dragon "Cat" and realise your friend's dream that way?) meanwhile watch out for that creature in purple - she might be fierce!

Kate said...

The colour on your computer must be a bit off, Clare. That strange creature holding me is actually wearing pink, not purple.

I love your idea about calling the dragon 'Cat'. Definite story potential there.

Joanne Fox said...

Oh I love that picture!

Rena said...

I love the picture! I don't know how I feel about author pics, especially for kid's books. I think the younger the kids, the more room you should have to play around with your picture. Why be all stuffy and formal if you're writing picture books, in other words. :)

SAMUEL PARK said...

That is an adorable picture! It should definitely be your author photo! (And the background's nice, too.)

Goldie said...

I love the photo Kate and it is so nice to see you.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's cute. I think it would work with a MG or children's book. If it's for an older age, then the dragon should be more textured and realistic. You'll be a trailblazer.