Captain’s Surrender alternative dustcovers
Naked men on the covers of books are maybe not to everyone’s tastes. So I thought I would make a dustcover which could be used to hide them when in public 🙂
This was my first attempt:
Which is still my favourite. But unfortunately, although I had originally thought ‘those old paintings are bound to be out of copyright now’, it turned out that it was not so. The copyright to this painting – a portrait of Captain Alexander Hood – is held by the National Maritime Museum in the UK.
So I had to scratch that idea.
Next I found some free photos at Flickr and made this:
Which has no copyright problems, but doesn’t give the impression of being a historical novel of any kind. (In fact I had to paint out the radar and GPS equipment on the ship’s masts!)
So finally I discovered a site with copyright free old paintings on it here:
and came up with a third version:
which I am happy with. If you fancy a copy of this one (big enough to cover a book) it’s available for download from my website HERE