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Portfolio for Duncan Long: Freelance Book Cover Illustrator, Book Cover Artist, and Book Cover Designer and Layout Artist
“We're privileged to know who we think are the two best graphic artists in the entire
world, not just the country, the world. One of them... is Mr. Duncan Long.” —Talk
show host Victor Thorn, Wing TV.
“To call him a prolific artist would be understatement, at best. Get yourself a snack
and settle back while Duncan takes you on a wild ride through worlds only he has
dreamt of.” — Reviewer, “Time, Space and Duncan Long,” 3D Millennium, M3 Corporation,
Duncan Long’s book cover galleries of book illustrations will take you on a far-ranging journey through the collection
of book art designs, book cover pictures, and book cover designs and illustrations by graphic artist
and illustrator Duncan Long. Long has created many book covers, magazine illustrations,
and CD album covers over the years for HarperCollins, American Media, Solomon Press, Pocket Books,
and many small presses as well as self publishing authors. His book art designs include
all sorts of subjects and genres from fantasy to science fiction to horror to crime
stories and mysteries. Often journeying that fine line between dreams or nightmares
and cutting-edge graphic design.
Long often does more than just illustrate a book cover or furnish inner illustrations and artwork
for books. He also works as a book cover designer, doing the lettering and layout
of the front cover, back cover, and spine of a book, occasionally even creating a
logo for a publisher. Thus he can handle anything you would expect from a good book
cover graphic designer and artist who works as a freelancer in the book industry. As you visit
the links on this page and explore his book artwork and book cover illustrations, you’ll see why, as a graphic creative, Long’s book cover
graphic design work and book cover illustrations are considered the best in the world.
If you have a book cover to make, Long is the first graphic designer and book cover
illustrator you should consider hiring to do your book cover (or CD album cover or
So please sit back and enjoy these galleries of book art designs, book illustrations, book cover pictures,
book cover design, and book cover pictures that will amuse, amaze, and sometimes
Book cover illustrator Duncan Long has created book covers for both small and large
presses as well as writers interested in self publishing. He’s created book cover
artwork for science fiction novels, illustrations for historical novels, book cover art for horror stories, book illustrations murder mysteries,
and even designed art for non-fiction technical books. As a book cover illustrator, Long notes that
his artwork can be very important to his customers: “People do judge your book by its
cover, often forming an opinion about the merits of your book solely by its cover
illustration. Good graphics are essential if you want to be taken seriously by readers.”
And as a professional book cover illustrator, Long can deliver the quality book cover illustrations
you need for your book cover. Here’s what some of his clients have said about his
book cover illustrations and graphic design work:
Paul M. Strickler, author of The Calling wrote, "I have received a number of compliments
on your cover art. It truly is striking. My publicist says she knows the cover alone
has sold several books. She was reading the book the other day when a complete stranger
came up and asked what it was – the cover had piqued her interest!”
Rudolf Waldner, author of Marketing from the Trenches wrote about the book cover
illustration Duncan did for Karl Lenker’s Final Trumpet: "In a word, WOW! As a marketer,
the cover "pops." And the author added, "I get lots of enthusiastic compliments on
the cover! Can't wait for you to do the next one!"
Horror book author Kurt Newton wrote of the book cover illustration created for
his novel, "Duncan Long captures both dream and nightmare with such accuracy one
would swear he has developed a way to photograph what lies within the human imagination....
People still comment on the cover for Dark Demons, by the way. Some find it difficult
to look at...maybe because it's looking back!"
R. Scott Taylor wrote about the cover I did for his novel Stingy Jack, "People here
are flipping over the cover... (and I do think it's a major selling point with them)....
[Long is] reliable, accommodating, informative. These are the words used to described
one of the industry's finest artists."
Duncan’s illustrations appeared inside Digital Artwork for the 21st Century (distributed
in the US by HarperCollins), and one of his illustrations also graced the cover this
prestigious book. Locus Magazine designated the book its “Editor's Choice,” with
the Locus reviewer writing that the picture made a “handsome cover.”
Dindy Robinson, managing editor/owner of Swimming Kangaroo Books, wrote, "The cover
Duncan did for Lightning Days is very striking and attracts a lot of attention. It
conveys the tone of the book perfectly! He is prompt, professional and pleasant to
Gordon Rodgers at Longbeard Press, LLC, wrote, "Duncan, thanks for a fabulous cover.
I could not be more pleased. The artwork is fantastic, and the layout and colors
make it even better. I appreciate all the great ideas and suggestions you made, and
that were incorporated into the design. I now have a cover that will definitely catch
the eye of those who see it! I look forward to working with you in the future for
covers on other books I intend to publish."
Robert Fripp, the author of Power of a Woman wrote about Long’s book cover illustration,
"Duncan Long did a great job, bringing Eleanor of Aquitaine to life! I needed her
portrait to illustrate my cover for Eleanor's memoirs. Using a photo of a twelfth
century carved bust for reference, Duncan transformed cold stone to warm flesh, thereby
giving the modern world the first realistic portrait of this astonishing woman."
In 2009, the book cover illustration Duncan created for Mermaid Publishing’s Stonewiser:
The Heart of the Stone helped the book become a finalist in ForeWord's Book of the
Year Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category and also helped it become finalist
for a Benjamin Franklin Award for best debut fiction novel.
Book cover illustrator Duncan Long can create the cover you need to win over buyers.
His cover illustration can help you sell your book and get the recognition it needs