Florian Garbay

Florian Garbay - Designer

Bordeaux, France

Eye catching cover book illustrator helping middle grade fantasy writters looking for someone who listens to them.

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Overview

Let's be frank, a lot of people think that self-published autors can't write well.
Do you want to prove to the world that you can be a self-published fantasy writer and still be able to write a great story?

You know how fierce the competition can be when you write stories that touch the imagination. That's why you need a tool that shows readers that your story is different from the other.

That tool is your book cover !

It must be attractive, memorable and effective in any condition.
A reader naturally makes the connection between the quality of your book cover and its content. Therefore, you must convince him or her quickly, otherwise you will miss opportunities to sell your book.

That's why I play on the difference when I create a cover illustration.

I use bright colors that quickly attract attention and I combine them with a harmonious composition that confirms the quality of the book.


What will happen if we work together?

I have been partnering with self-published authors for several years. I know it's a difficult bet for you. There is a lot to learn and a lot of things that you won't be able to do alone.
However, if you make this choice, it's because you want to be free to do what you want, when you want.

That's why, as an illustrator, I do everything I can to make sure that you are always in control of the image of your project.

It is possible because I have the rare talent of not counting my time when I work with someone.

You can expose your ideas and give feedback on the images I create. Under cover of my advice, I will always take into account your proposals because I want you to be 100% satisfied at the end of our collaboration.

It is thanks to the combination of your imagination, my knowledge of the environment and technical skills developed over years as a graphic designer that we will create a great communication tool.

If you want to facilitate the sale of your book, send me a message !

We'll talk about your project and the tools you'll need to get closer to your ideal future: living by selling your stories.


You have several offers at your disposal.

- The formula "My digital book", I create the cover and the logo of the book that you will be able to integrate in your epub file.

- The formula "My printed book" unlocks all the ready to use tools to print your book. I lay out the back cover and the edge of the book myself and prepare all the printing files.

- The formula "A golden communication" includes, in addition to everything written above, all you need to ensure a professional image on the internet: profile images and banners for networks, source file to update yourself the advertising of your book, poster format of your cover and kakemono for trade shows.


One of them is necessarily adapted to your project!
If you have other ideas in mind, just ask and I'll see what I can do for you.

Nothing is impossible!
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Horror
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Steampunk

Certifications

  • License

Work experience

Drawing instructor

ESAA Aquitaine and E-artsup Bordeaux
September, 2017 – July, 2020 (almost 3 years)

I teach academic drawing, inking, perspective, rough drawing technic for interior design and digital colorisation.

Freelance illustrator

Self-employed
May, 2017 – Present (almost 4 years)

I worked on various projects like :
- Character concept art for video game industry
- Background concepts and illustrations for video game industry
- Music band covers
- Children book cover and interior illustration
- Various other illustration jobs

Graphic designer

french ministry for internal affairs
June, 2012 – September, 2017 (over 5 years)

I was in charge of designing communication supports.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Annabel Pickering and the Sky Pirates: The Fantastical Contraption

Bretigne Shaffer

What is the Fantastical Contraption? What secrets does it hold inside? And what about it convinced the Queen to abduct Annabel Pickering’s parents? Thirteen-year-old Annabel Pickering loves her ordinary life riding her pony, reading novels, and riding the trains and flying machines high above the city. And she ALWAYS crosses the street before she gets to the weird old house where the crazy spi... read more

What is the Fantastical Contraption? What secrets does it hold inside? And what about it convinced the Queen to abduct Annabel Pickering’s parents? Thirteen-year-old Annabel Pickering loves her ordinary life riding her pony, reading novels, and riding the trains and flying machines high above the city. And she ALWAYS crosses the street before she gets to the weird old house where the crazy spi... read more

Dragon Canyon: Level 1: Fire of Four

Kristin Glasbergen

Sorrel wants to run around like the other kids, but a foot deformity -- and her hovering mom -- just won’t let her. The only place she feels free is in Dragon Canyon -- a video game where she becomes Cerulean Wave, a strong blue dragon. But when she meets the rest of her dragon team the four strangers struggle to work together and soon the problems they wanted to escape resurface in the game. ... read more

Sorrel wants to run around like the other kids, but a foot deformity -- and her hovering mom -- just won’t let her. The only place she feels free is in Dragon Canyon -- a video game where she becomes Cerulean Wave, a strong blue dragon. But when she meets the rest of her dragon team the four strangers struggle to work together and soon the problems they wanted to escape resurface in the game. ... read more

Esme Zur: And The I Of The Age

Estabrook, L. A., Garbay, Florian, Puga, Melissa, Puga, Eric

Up Against Mooneye

Høst, Mikkel, Garbay, Florian, Turcsányi, Reka

Florian has 8 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Scott Charles
Florian is amazing! His work continues to exceed expectations. Once Florian understands your project, he will make it 10x better using his own (boundless) skill and creativity. Highly, highly recommended. This was my second collaboration with Florian and I look forward to many more!

Scott Charles, January 2021


Mikkel Høst
Florian's work exceeded my expectations. He provided his own personal touch and experience as an artist while making sure to respect my own creative decisions, and I think the result is the best possible version of what we set out to accomplish. My book now has a cover that I'm confident is memorable, eye-catching and overall just pleasant to look at. I'd be delighted to work with him on futur...
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Mikkel Høst, December 2020


Kurtis C Palmer
Very professional. Excellent Illustrator. Very talented.

Kurtis C Palmer, September 2020

Florian Garbay
Thank you Ramona ! I wish to work with you again.

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Scott Charles
Working with Florian was a tremendous experience. He is extremely professional. Huge talent, great collaborator, and never missed a deadline. Highly recommended!

Scott Charles, September 2020


L.A. Estabrook
Florian is a creative, professional artist. He created the cover, book jacket, and social media art for my new YP novel. He worked quickly and produced art beyond my expectations. Collaborating him him was so easy and His english is amazing. I know my book will sell more because of his cover art! I will work with him again if I can.

L.A. Estabrook, August 2020

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