I'm Michael, not Michelangelo. I won't call myself an artist.
I went to art school on Saturday mornings for two years when I was in grade school. I was good with still lifes, vehicles and architecture, but lousy with people pictures. Our teacher told us that an adult human male should be 6.5 heads tall. No one in my family looked like that.
Over the years I won prizes in art classes in school, and enjoyed working with art directors when I was an "award-winning Madison Avenue advertising copywriter." Without any art directors to partner with I've designed packaging, posters, brochures, websites, ads, logos and book covers.
When I started Silver Sands Books back in 2008 I initially planned to publish one book and I found a convenient, talented and reasonably priced artist to work with.
Later on I started doing most of the cover designs myself. I won't say that they're better than what Carina Ruotolo produced, but they're good enough and I get what I want with unlimited variations and no charge for revisions.
[above] The text on the printed covers was a bit blurry because of my enlargement from ebook-size. I did not have Carina's original work so I re-did the text with Microsoft Word.
I also added a contrasting black bar and some hellish flames at the bottom to provide a bit of drama.