Today I have a question for you in regards to artwork. I’ve mentioned probably too many times that I’m a graphic artist. It’s my day job. As such, I could probably crank out a few pieces of artwork related to my book project, The Begotten Vampire series.
But is that even interesting to potential readers? I know that the first book is not out yet — I’m still working with beta readers at the moment, making progress — but generally speaking, do you as a reader appreciate that sort of thing? Do you enjoy wallpapers depicting characters or scenes from your favorite books? How about character portraits or merchandise like bookmarks, clothing, phone cases, et cetera?
One thing I worry about is that artwork depicting any of the characters’ faces will ruin readers’ sense of immersion. Many people, myself included, prefer to imagine the characters their own way. It’s one of the main reasons the cover of my first book does not show the protagonist’s face.
What do you think?