I got these mockups for the cover of Outland Exile, just now. They surprised me on two counts.
Firstly, how really good they all looked. I was surprised how attractive and consistent with my vision these covers look…with exceptions. It confirms to me that my understanding of artistic sensibilities is pretty poor and I ought to cease any attempts before I hurt myself.
Secondly, I am surprised that they stuck with the random images I retrieved from the site to which I was directed. They could not manipulate the images any more than I could. I wanted to add a walking stick to the foreground figure to make her look less like a snow bunny and more like a winter trekker. I should have spent more time photo-shopping.