Eithné is obsessed with fantasy. Some say that it is an unhealthy relationship she has. A rock is just not a rock, it’s a hiding place for faeries after all.
When not chasing said faeries she is a freelance illustrator specializing in fantasy cover art. She can illustrate stock photography but also can take model photography, design sets and props, find costumes and models.
Her symbol, the dragon was designed by Eithné when she started doing
art again years ago and it is a part of her being, spiritually and artistically.
Clients range from mainstream NYC and London fantasy publishers,
mainstream magazines and motion picture houses.
She does incredible work . you must visit her site and check it out. She can help an author with their cover
for their book and other things as well like banners and so on.
Deviant art: http://nianluain.deviantart.com/
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1. How did you get started?
I had a wrong turn at 18 and went into science thinking it would be the more realistic and secure job avenue. Oh how wrong I was! Eventually I'm doing what I should have been doing all along. I say those ten years gave me character, confidence and outstanding people skills. Unlike younger artists I know the value of client privileges. I won't moan about books or the topic. I won't whinge that the art director asked for 18 changes. I'm being paid after all, I offer a service so I shut up and get on with it. A good moan to a friend over a cuppa does help, but will anyone hear of it past the cake shop? Doubtful! Well hair is an exception, I do whinge about hair!
2. What inspires you to create such phenomenal art?
I get inspiration from lots of things from the Ginny Ren sitting outside my window in the lashing rain, to movies, TV, books, other artists, science, mathematical equations. Yes, Maths equations. Google "Golden Section" and you will see how often that comes up in nature! I think I am slightly warped that I really don't like reality. I'm much happier in my shiny fantasy land with the dragons and kick ass maidens. If I want reality I'll watch the news, but I'd rather dream of a nasty elf who has this sword…..
3. What software do you use to master your beautiful art?
I have Master Suite 6, so everything from Dreamweaver, In Design to Photoshop. I only use the latter two, the rest I have still to master! I'm also a Mac girl - a Mac pro with a Apple Cinema Display. No iMac for me! oh no! You can't expand those!
4.What is the creation process you use?
I have to find a picture I like and almost instantly "see" a story to it. I have a lot of girls in my work as there is just not the male stock available - or male stock I like I should say. So once I see it myself and photoshop have a wee chat and try and come up with a compromise of something decent at the end.
5. What kind of art that you create would benefit authors like myself?
Any of them really. Most can be modified to suit. For instance Faolchu Oiche in my opinion would be a great Urban Fantasy cover especially if there is a shapechanging element to it. Its really getting the right model, tone, visual story to reflect the inner story of the author.
6. Can Indie Authors afford you? Can you give an example of cost for a book cover?
Oh yes! I am more than reasonable and allow installment payments for their work. I feel that the indy industry does not realize sometimes the work that goes into covers. If you want to spend 100USD then you will get a cheap and cheerful. So talk to your artist, see can they work around the budget by removing/adding elements. At the end of the day I can not write my name, yet I know what works on a cover (hopefully!). A degree of trust is needed by the author to allow the artist to come up with concepts. The first idea in your head may not be the best and it has to be worked on. Likewise the artist may flunk the first concept and it has to be edited. I would also look at the weekly wage of whatever country your in. A artist (especially a freelance one) will look to that base line for their weekly wage. They may go up or down from that amount depending on complexity/time needed to do the cover but its a starting point for people to be aware off.
7.What other hobbies excite you?
I am a avid book inhaler. I also love TV and Movies. I used to train my dog Spike (Buffy generation) for IPO/Schutzhund but I had to retire him this year due to injury and well he's a middle aged man now so he can put his paws up. Now I just help others train their dogs. I'm affectionately known as "Miss Whiplash" on the training field.
8.I am celebrating paying it forward on my site. What is one of your favorite big or small ways to pay it forward?
I do charity work for a local horse sanctuary. I design their Christmas cards and they will be giving away copies of these online sometime soon.
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