Its lazy, it's useless, but i love art in general, and whenever i can make something beautiful, it clears my mind. So if you really want to know, this is how i made my novels cover.
First i used sims3 to make a sim that looks like my character Solace, because, frankly (or whoever else) i don't look like her at all.
The problem with that, however, is that i never made much of a physical description of her: all i tell you is that she's short, sixteen and has long blue hair. I imagined her having coffee colored skin, but i wasn't sure how dark it was, so i made a grid of nine possible faces, with different hair styles and skin tones.
I couldn't decide between the bottom middle face, and the bottom right face (i liked that her eyes were closed in it, but i liked the other one's hair better).
next i superimposed a supernova and text on top of my "finalists"
Since the pictures were really different, I made the text different as well.
I decided on number one, because it looked cooler, but i wasn't sure of the supernova, so i googled pictures of fire, and made the winner:
Now, if you don't mind, I just figured out what to do next.
p.s. don't think this stopped me from entering the cover design contest.
UPDATE: Short with blue hair? Wait! that sounds like Potato!