A very common pose for novel covers and game cover art is to feature the main character posing with a firearm, often a pistol. A pistol is usually used to convey that the character is armed and dangerous and has intent to shoot. In promotional art it is used to make the work look more action-focused and appeal to a broader audience. But since a pistol is small, it’s also easier to downplay it visually by holding it to the side.
I’m still working on the cover design for book 2, so I’m experimenting with poses in these images. Which is your favorite?