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Title: $500 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on April 30, 2017, 07:19:16 am
Hello everyone!

My name is Alberto and I'm a freelance cover artist.

My working experience is rich in various kinds of collaborations: going from comics and concept art to the illustrations for board games and video games.
In this last two year, I had the opportunity to work as a book cover artist with different authors as Samuel E. Green, Daniel Polansky, Andrea Atzori, T.A. Miles, Dominika Lein, Rick Scott, Joseph Stovall, etc...  and publishing houses like Acheron Books, Raventide books, Alladin Publishing, etc etc.
(Enough! the list of names would be too long... sorry! :D eheh)

What I'm constantly looking for, when working with my clients, is to create genuine and totally original covers.
What I can promise you is quality, with a mutual respect for your work and your deadlines.

To get started, sent me a proposal by email! Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I always try to reply quickly.

Email: [email protected]
Website: (for now, it is not online. itíll be as soon as possible)

Anyway, you can check my online portfolio, here: https://www.artstation.com/artist/albertobesi (https://www.artstation.com/artist/albertobesi)

My rates are $500 for a front cover.
$150 extra for typography / graphic design
$200 extra for wraparound cover

(This is just a prediction. The price may be higher or lower according to your needs)

(http://i.imgur.com/5ZW6kvC.jpg)  (http://imgur.com/gdFMVLd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bQ9f3gK.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/Z6ACeiL.jpg)

(http://imgur.com/P8wT5uI.png)  (http://imgur.com/oO7juWF.png)

(http://imgur.com/JEL3wFT.jpg)  (http://i.imgur.com/qcnhQCB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/d4zrDbH.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/6W006yy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TghDEEh.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/VGhbGus.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/SSZJYdn.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/MRWNRBQ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bKchwSl.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/ikf2ekd.jpg)  (https://i.imgur.com/EECFPoy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DvsDTAx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/8fkrtwe.jpg)

(http://img12.deviantart.net/bb44/i/2017/042/6/0/air_traffic_controller_by_albertobesi-dayn9ak.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0kRSME4.jpg)

______________________________

Alberto Besi
[email protected]
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Rick Gualtieri on April 30, 2017, 07:25:39 am
Some nice looking stuff, Alberto.  Bookmarking this.

ps: Welcome!
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on April 30, 2017, 10:16:55 am
Some nice looking stuff, Alberto.  Bookmarking this.

ps: Welcome!


Thanks, Rick!  :)

p.s. Nice to meet you.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: WHDean on April 30, 2017, 01:26:43 pm
That's great work. I think I saw some Rome in there, too.

Good luck with your site. I bookmarked the thread.


Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Nicholas Erik on April 30, 2017, 05:53:52 pm
Great work. I'm seeing most of your current portfolio is in fantasy. Do you do other genres as well (specifically sci-fi, with spaceships etc.)?

Nick
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 01, 2017, 01:38:51 am
That's great work. I think I saw some Rome in there, too.

Good luck with your site. I bookmarked the thread.




Thank you! I wish to finish it for June.

Great work. I'm seeing most of your current portfolio is in fantasy. Do you do other genres as well (specifically sci-fi, with spaceships etc.)?

Nick

Thanks, Nick!   Indeed, I'm working on on two scifi illustration. (one of them, with spaceships). :)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 01, 2017, 04:43:19 pm
I added an illustration I made for a board game, as a sci-fi reference. :)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 26, 2017, 02:16:14 am
Added a new sci-fi illustration. ;)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: jlstovall4 on May 26, 2017, 02:59:13 am
I like it! Finally someone who can do a little MG illustration.  :D
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 26, 2017, 03:16:26 am
I like it! Finally someone who can do a little MG illustration.  :D

Thank you! :)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: N R Hairston on May 26, 2017, 03:26:53 am
Very nice!
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 26, 2017, 03:39:11 am
Very nice!

Thanks!  ;D
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: vws on May 26, 2017, 06:43:50 am
Great portfolio will keep you in mind for future projects.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: RBC on May 26, 2017, 07:17:14 am
Really good stuff! Keep it up!
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Rex Jameson on May 26, 2017, 10:02:26 am
Might be very interested, very soon. Nice work!
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: SA_Soule on May 26, 2017, 10:49:15 am
Impressive artwork! Best of luck with your business.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Bucklin Hill Covers on May 26, 2017, 11:54:48 am
Wonderful artwork.


Question: Do you ever subcontract out your illustrations? I'm a designer and sometimes I'm in need of a specific illustration - always on the lookout for fresh talent.


Larry
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Joseph J Bailey on May 26, 2017, 12:55:49 pm
Great work!

Bookmarked.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Julie W on May 26, 2017, 01:06:30 pm
I love your work!! It's right up my alley of art style I would seek out. I don't have any book at the moment in need of a cover but will definitely bookmark this.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 26, 2017, 08:08:48 pm
Wonderful artwork.


Question: Do you ever subcontract out your illustrations? I'm a designer and sometimes I'm in need of a specific illustration - always on the lookout for fresh talent.


Larry

Normally not. But depends on what illustration you'll need. : )
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Becca Mills on May 26, 2017, 09:08:11 pm
Belated greetings, A.Besi! You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe!

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages, found here: https://www.kboards.com/yp/. The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here (https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,195313.0.html).

In your thread here, we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar: you may have this one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time. New threads about the service will be removed. Please bookmark this thread so that you can find it again when you want to post. You may not make back-to-back posts to the thread within seven days. If someone responds (as I'm doing with this post), you may reply to them, but otherwise you must wait seven days. Please note that very short or (one- or two-word) posts with no meaningful information are discouraged and may be deleted at the moderators' discretion. Lastly, your posts and images will need to meet our "forum decorum" (https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,36.0.html) guidelines, which is the case for every member.

Note that members are allowed to provide civil and honest feedback about your service to this thread. This feedback may include criticisms as well as kudos. You may respond in a civil manner. Members may also ask questions -- about how the service works, for example, or what they will get for their money, or whether your service adheres to Amazon's terms of service.

Disputes between you and clients should be handled off-site.

Thanks,
Becca
KBoards Moderator

(Note that this welcome does not constitute an endorsement or vetting of a service by KBoards. Members should do due diligence when considering using a service.)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 27, 2017, 02:07:18 am
Belated greetings, A.Besi! You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe!

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages, found here: https://www.kboards.com/yp/. The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here (https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,195313.0.html).

In your thread here, we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar: you may have this one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time. New threads about the service will be removed. Please bookmark this thread so that you can find it again when you want to post. You may not make back-to-back posts to the thread within seven days. If someone responds (as I'm doing with this post), you may reply to them, but otherwise you must wait seven days. Please note that very short or (one- or two-word) posts with no meaningful information are discouraged and may be deleted at the moderators' discretion. Lastly, your posts and images will need to meet our "forum decorum" (https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,36.0.html) guidelines, which is the case for every member.

Note that members are allowed to provide civil and honest feedback about your service to this thread. This feedback may include criticisms as well as kudos. You may respond in a civil manner. Members may also ask questions -- about how the service works, for example, or what they will get for their money, or whether your service adheres to Amazon's terms of service.

Disputes between you and clients should be handled off-site.

Thanks,
Becca
KBoards Moderator

(Note that this welcome does not constitute an endorsement or vetting of a service by KBoards. Members should do due diligence when considering using a service.)

Hi Becca!

Thank you very much for the informations you gave me. I'll take care of using your tips in the best way and be respectful of the KBoards regulation, of course.
(as soon as possible, I'll configure the Yellow Page)

Thanks again,

Alberto
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: kenbritz on May 27, 2017, 05:21:47 am
Excellent work, Besi. I love SFF and currently writing Science Fiction, your Sci-Fi work is compelling. I'll bookmark for my next series (LitRPG). Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: S.L. on May 27, 2017, 07:01:44 pm
How far in advance are you booked and what is your turnaround time?
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: DanaFraser on May 27, 2017, 07:40:09 pm
Excellent work! I am also very glad you listed pricing. A lot of artists will visit and are reluctant to state even a base price (some say they think it is a bit gauche). Yet I know authors will often over estimate the base price based on quality (ETA and thus never inquire because they think they cannot afford the artist). Those are excellent starting prices and it is great that you also offer the typography services.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 28, 2017, 05:21:10 am
How far in advance are you booked and what is your turnaround time?

For now, I'm full of work until june 14th.
About my timework is around 2/3 weeks. (depend from the complexity of the cover)

Excellent work! I am also very glad you listed pricing. A lot of artists will visit and are reluctant to state even a base price (some say they think it is a bit gauche). Yet I know authors will often over estimate the base price based on quality (ETA and thus never inquire because they think they cannot afford the artist). Those are excellent starting prices and it is great that you also offer the typography services.

Thanks Dana. I think the price of an author is influenced by several factors. (experience, quality, artist's name, etc.)
What I always do is to make a correct price for me and the needs of the clients. For my experience, everything has its price. :)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Nathalie Aynie on May 28, 2017, 05:32:10 am
Le mando un e-mail subito! :)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on July 18, 2017, 12:54:51 am
Added a new cover! :D

(Title: Sorcerer's Oath, by Samuel E. Green)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: martyns on July 18, 2017, 12:59:42 am
Nice work! You're a little pricier than my current artist. And I'm committed to give her all my fantasy series for continuity's sake, but I've bookmarked this for some of my other projects. (If I ever get around to finishing them!)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on July 18, 2017, 05:45:48 am
Nice work! You're a little pricier than my current artist. And I'm committed to give her all my fantasy series for continuity's sake, but I've bookmarked this for some of my other projects. (If I ever get around to finishing them!)

Thanks, Martyns! :)

For any information, feel free to contact me by email: [email protected]
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on September 17, 2017, 04:08:31 am
Added two new covers! :D
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: UK1783 on September 17, 2017, 05:06:13 am
Very impressive stuff. I like!

As an aside, would these kind of illustrated covers work well only in certain genres? I am thinking they would be best for fantasy, sci-fi, etc.  Or could an illustrated cover like this work well in other genres?
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on September 17, 2017, 05:42:50 pm
Very impressive stuff. I like!

As an aside, would these kind of illustrated covers work well only in certain genres? I am thinking they would be best for fantasy, sci-fi, etc.  Or could an illustrated cover like this work well in other genres?

First of all, thanks! :D

About your question: I think that a good illustration, with a great aesthetic, usually works fine with virtually anything.
Certainly, it is of crucial importance to understand which style is the best for a particular work, based on its literary genre and the type of audience that will buy it. :)
For example, I really would like to illustrate a historical book, perhaps on ancient Greece! For this reason, obviously, I would tend to a "classic" style rather than a modern style.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Nicholas Erik on September 22, 2017, 07:53:53 am
Alberto did a wonderful job on an illustrated urban fantasy cover - great communication, followed all instructions, and came up with something unique and eye-catching that still captured the genre. Highly recommended.

Nick
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Nathalie Aynie on September 22, 2017, 08:26:48 am
Hi :)

Alberto is great to work with, he has a unique vision of how things work together. Also, he can handle a nitpicky client (me!). ;)
Recommended a thousand times, will work with him again on the next cover of the series. :)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: elalond on September 22, 2017, 08:49:17 am
Beautiful work.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Kat M on September 22, 2017, 08:58:16 am
Beautiful work, Alberto.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on September 22, 2017, 09:44:41 am
Alberto did a wonderful job on an illustrated urban fantasy cover - great communication, followed all instructions, and came up with something unique and eye-catching that still captured the genre. Highly recommended.

Nick

Thank you so much for your kind words, Nick. :)

Hi :)

Alberto is great to work with, he has a unique vision of how things work together. Also, he can handle a nitpicky client (me!). ;)
Recommended a thousand times, will work with him again on the next cover of the series. :)

Thank you too, Nathalie! :D (I can't wait to get back to doing other covers for you. eheh)

Beautiful work.

Thank you! ^^

Beautiful work, Alberto.

Thank you, Kat. :)

Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on November 08, 2017, 04:29:56 am
Added a new Sci-fi environment!  ;)

(to be more precise, this is the new one:)
(https://i.imgur.com/8fkrtwe.jpg)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Whit Bailey on November 08, 2017, 05:35:32 am
I'm also bookmarking this thread! Excellent work! I hope to start revising my covers in the coming year and I'll definitely keep your information available!
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: DIAMONDSINTHESKY on November 08, 2017, 05:40:07 am
Excellent work Alberto

I think I can probably find you some additional work as a concept artist in the realm of film production. I'll track you down on facebook and message you there, as all in contacts in that business are on that social media rather than here.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on November 08, 2017, 08:05:46 am
I'm also bookmarking this thread! Excellent work! I hope to start revising my covers in the coming year and I'll definitely keep your information available!

Thanks for your compliments! Whenever you want to revise your covers, contact me by email at: [email protected]

Excellent work Alberto

I think I can probably find you some additional work as a concept artist in the realm of film production. I'll track you down on facebook and message you there, as all in contacts in that business are on that social media rather than here.

Thanks again, Lance! (and see you soon!) :)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on December 21, 2017, 05:29:52 pm
Added a new illustration! :)

Exactly this:
(https://i.imgur.com/MRWNRBQ.jpg)
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: solo on December 21, 2017, 09:57:20 pm
Beautiful work. But beyond a newbie's budget.
Title: Re: $350 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on December 22, 2017, 03:35:53 am
Beautiful work. But beyond a newbie's budget.

Thanks for you compliments! :)

In fact, this "budget" is a little bit far from what I usually request, right now.
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: My_Txxxx_a$$_Left_Too on December 22, 2017, 02:51:55 pm
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Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Andie on December 22, 2017, 10:53:21 pm
Beautiful work!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on December 27, 2017, 04:23:20 am
Your work continues to amaze! Beautiful!

Thank you so much!  :-*

Beautiful work!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Thank you, Andie!  :D
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on January 08, 2018, 04:17:13 pm
Added a new cover!

Here's a preview:
(https://i.imgur.com/d4zrDbH.jpg)
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on February 15, 2018, 06:51:43 pm
Added four new covers!

A little preview:
(https://i.imgur.com/1gfQr13.jpg)
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: AmpersandBookInteriors on March 05, 2018, 08:19:25 am
Added four new covers!

A little preview:
(https://i.imgur.com/1gfQr13.jpg)

I just had to pop in here and let everyone who needs an illustrator know that Alberto is AMAZING to work with! You see those two covers above, in the middle? They're my partner's, and they're beautiful online and in print.

But don't take me too seriously, because my partner still needs him, ok? ;)
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: grimshawl on March 05, 2018, 09:52:06 am
Great looking art. I am definitely going to keep you in mind for some upcoming books.
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: Nicholas Erik on March 05, 2018, 10:47:02 am
Added four new covers!

A little preview:
(https://i.imgur.com/1gfQr13.jpg)

I already commented that my experience with Alberto went well, but I should also add that the cover on the far right (which is mine) was on my collection that recently hit the USA Today bestseller list. So not only did he do a great job, but it also sold books, which is, you know, fairly important.  ;)

Oh, and I've created a paperback, which printed great, along with free bookmarks/postcards (I don't sell them; I'm not sure if the licensing agreement covers that - if you're going to create store merch, ask) from the art that I give to fans (which they enjoy). The illustrations look really sharp in print. The illustration he sent is 7490 x 4682 and 300 DPI, so that's not a surprise, but if anyone was planning on printing items, they all look great and the illustration should print cleanly without loss of fidelity.

Anyway, my high recommendation obviously stands. Just thought I'd mention those points!

Nick
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on March 14, 2018, 05:00:12 am
Great looking art. I am definitely going to keep you in mind for some upcoming books.

Thank you! ;)

(if you'll need it: [email protected])

I already commented that my experience with Alberto went well, but I should also add that the cover on the far right (which is mine) was on my collection that recently hit the USA Today bestseller list. So not only did he do a great job, but it also sold books, which is, you know, fairly important.  ;)

Oh, and I've created a paperback, which printed great, along with free bookmarks/postcards (I don't sell them; I'm not sure if the licensing agreement covers that - if you're going to create store merch, ask) from the art that I give to fans (which they enjoy). The illustrations look really sharp in print. The illustration he sent is 7490 x 4682 and 300 DPI, so that's not a surprise, but if anyone was planning on printing items, they all look great and the illustration should print cleanly without loss of fidelity.

Anyway, my high recommendation obviously stands. Just thought I'd mention those points!

Nick

Thanks for your kind words! I'm happy to hear that the sale of the book series went well and that the prints work!  :D

I just had to pop in here and let everyone who needs an illustrator know that Alberto is AMAZING to work with! You see those two covers above, in the middle? They're my partner's, and they're beautiful online and in print.

But don't take me too seriously, because my partner still needs him, ok? ;)

ahah Thank you again, Colleen! There is no greater satisfaction than to receive such praise from my clients.  8)
Title: Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on May 21, 2018, 06:28:10 am
It's been a long time since I updated this page.  :)

For now, here are two new covers: (others will arrive in the coming days)

(https://i.imgur.com/1VwfWYL.jpg)
Title: Re: $500 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on July 10, 2018, 04:53:16 am
Now it's been over a year since I joined kboards and I wanted to thank you all for the support and for the great work we've done!
I hope this second year is even better! Thanks again to everyone!

(Sorry if I do not thank you individually but you are really too many and I'm not very good with long-winded speeches.)

Finally, here are a couple of covers that can come out! :D

(https://i.imgur.com/baqU3MN.jpg)

Title: Re: $500 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on October 03, 2018, 04:44:39 pm
Here we are, again! Hope all of you'll enjoy one of my last covers.
More will come in the next days! ;)

Anyway, here is a preview:
(https://i.imgur.com/wY84g8s.jpg)
Title: Re: $500 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
Post by: A.Besi on December 04, 2018, 05:34:04 pm
New cover for "Unlucky Dead" series! yeee

I'm currently working on the 2nd cover but I hope to show it to you as soon as possible! :P

Here's a preview! (for a better res, go to the first page pf this post) ;)
(https://i.imgur.com/X0zeqiA.jpg)