Thou Shalt Not
Don’t do your own cover art, the omniscient They say. Well, I thought I new what those inhabitants of the Q Continuum meant: let the artistic pros do their work to design and produce your cover. Easy! Just give them some details about your book, maybe even a chapter, then sit back and wait for their visual arts and Photoshop skills to do the rest. They went to school for this, they do this as their J-O-B, and people P-A-Y them to do this.
One Does Not Simply FIND a Cover Artist
Armed with this idea, I headed out on my quest to find a cover artist, with all the gusto of Frodo leaving the Shire to drop the One Ring in Mt Doom. My fuzzy feet took me across the Interwebs in search of a capable but affordable artist. After elevensies and second breakfast, though, I started to lose enthusiasm. See, all I found were people who knew how to stick text layers on top of images in PS.