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As the deadline for sending the anthology I am working on to the printers looms, I suddenly find myself without cover art. I won't get into why, it's not anyone's fault, really, but the fact remains that novels sell on cover art predominantly and I am up fecal creek without a paddle. I need GOOD art, ideally tailored to the novel, but anything that fits the concept will work. The novel is an anthology of short stories from the Dark Nova universe, each story being a tale gathered by a freelance field journalist aboard a starliner in the Colonial Territories. It's sort of a 24th century equivalent of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, with five stories- the Templar's Tale, the Mercenary's Tale, the Hunter-Priest's Tale, the Freetrader's Tale, and the Courtesan's Tale- each giving insight into some of the more prominent types of people one finds in the Dark Nova universe.

So, I either need art with people hanging around in a high-tech bar or starship lounge, a really sexy illustration of a starliner in space, or something similar. Any ideas or takers willing to jump to the challenge? Budget is not tiny, but not unlimited, either, so bear this in mind. The cover will be standard paperback novel size, I can do the title and such, just need the art.
  • Mood: Apprehensive
  • Listening to: Enigma
  • Reading: Nada, ran out of books :-(
  • Watching: Nada, too busy writing
  • Playing: The Secret World (still killing Draugr, though...)
  • Eating: crow
  • Drinking: Tea and Saint Brendan's (whiskey and cream)


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Breandán Ó Ciarraí
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States
Author, Bladesmith, Game Designer, Tactical Medic, Father

Me in a nutshell-
My Art: I originally started a DA account to showcase my bladesmithing work, but it has since expanded to include literary and game art works as well. I don’t consider myself much of an artist, per se, mainly because I couldn’t draw people to save my life. I am the author of the Dark Nova novels, an ongoing series set in the 24th century, and the writer for Dark Nova Games.

Me: I'm 40, a Sinsearaí, and probably one of the more eccentric people I know due to the odd mix of careers, hobbies, and interests. I am what is colloquially called a "closet geek", with an inner geek installed next to my emotionally scarred Valium-popping inner child :D . I'm married to a lovely young woman, :iconkat-childs: , and together we have two daughters capable of more property damage than the Yellowstone Caldera if it exploded. I live in Texas, but grew up in Southeast Alaska. Making it weirder, my family is originally from Cill Airne, Ireland.

Day Job: I am semi-retired, but when not-so-semi I work for various PMCs as a Force Protection/PSD medic. Despite how high-speed it may sound, it basically means I am a glorified, seriously overpaid (not complaining) babysitter who patches up the boo-boos of other operators. Meh, a job's a job. I am focusing on my side-jobs as an author and writer/developer for Dark Nova Games in the hopes that I can make it my primary career. My kids need a daddy more than a heroic memory, and I've been beat to hell in my career, so its time to move out of the field and settle down to be a father.

Hobbies: gaming (MMOs and FPS video games and some P & P, mostly AD&D [1st and 2nd ed.], Shadowrun, and a few of our own we cooked up), renaissance festivals, blacksmithing (the reason for this gallery initially), writing sci-fi (novels and an RPG based on them, also the feature of this gallery) and modern Dresden-ish occult novels, building model castles and the like (my secret geeky obsession), and so on. I also do geopolitical analysis and such, but that's related to work, not fun, so it doesn't count as a hobby I guess.

Anything else you wish to know will require generous libations of cheesecake and eggnog as the sugar rush I had when starting this is wearing off...

Current Residence: Texas
deviantWEAR sizing preference: um... naked?
Favourite genre of music: I listen to everything from Rob Zombie to Tartanic, too eclectic for a favorite :-)
Favourite photographer: Die, paparazzi!
Favourite style of art: realistic fantasy and sci-fi
Operating System: Apparently, GLaDOS (Windows 7, trying it's damnedest to protect me from myself...)
MP3 player of choice: one that works
Shell of choice: turtle :P
Wallpaper of choice: I prefer hardwood panelling
Skin of choice: um... living skin?
Favourite cartoon character: Gir
Personal Quote: "Quando podeces te regi eorum fecerunt?"- used when dealing with idiots

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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
An early happy b-day wish to u, my good man
:party: :iconcakeplz:
FangMoon-Howl Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Hi! I got super inspired by your universe and created my own ship. Can I post it as fan art? I'll link credit to you.
Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Writer
FangMoon-Howl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Fantastic! I'll let you know when I've finished
pktome Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Hi man, I would like to use some of your drawings (or ideas created by you) to illustrate my page (RPG system itself nonprofit), you allow me to use them?
Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Writer
Unfortunately, these are copyright of Dark Nova Games who owns them, not me. I have creative rights ownership to the names, setting, etc., but the artwork is theirs.
pktome Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Ah yes, we can say that you are the reviewer / writer, then? If I asked your help, ideas and even review the information so that they do not conflict, how much you charge?
Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Writer
I am the writer and lead developer, but actually have no ownership rights in the company. Is the artwork being used for a fan site or the like, or is it for a commercial product?
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nobbe42 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Thanks for collecting!
wildcard24 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Thanks a lot for the faves!
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