The cover above may look like a single stock photo. It's actually 5 different photos manipulated and composed in Photoshop to create a scene as depicted by the author in the first part of the book.
In the cover above, I created the character illustrations from the author's descriptions. The background is composed from 3 different photos.
In the cover shown above, the ship was originally a photo of an entire ship in dry dock with many tourists milling about. Using photoshop, the people were eliminated, the bow was extended (to match the author's description of the vessel in the story. The ocean water was added to the scene as were the billowing sale, the moon and the fog.
I created the characters in the above cover based on the descriptions provided by the author.
I created the dragon symbol in the cover seen below. It was used in several of the book covers for the best-selling series, The Dragoneers.