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Posted: 13 March 2013 07:38 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Greetings all. I’ve been away from DAZ for the last few months, concentrating on my writing. I dusted off DAZ a couple of weeks ago and updated everything. Then, this past Monday I was to tired to write conherently so I started playing around with cover art ideas for my upcoming fantasy novel: Darkness Falls (Tales of the Wolf - Book 3)

Here’s what I’ve come up with atm. Same image just changed the background. No postwork atm, all DAZ.
I’m open to suggestions and comments.

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Posted: 13 March 2013 09:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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In my opinion, the background would be a lot better if it was a mix of the black and the red. Red near the sun and black towards the bottom. Other than that, it’s looking good.

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Posted: 13 March 2013 01:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I prefer the first background myself.

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Posted: 20 March 2013 04:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Okay, I went back in and rebuilt the image. New placements, camera angle, lighting and completely reworked the female character.
I’m happier with this one but it’s still not perfect. Suggestons and comments welcome.

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Posted: 20 March 2013 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I like the concept.  Suggestion: lower your focal length, and move the camera closer and lower, so that you’re looking slightly up.  This will make the main characters big in the image, larger than life.  You can also try out different angles from above and below.

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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_R-WhB9g9eYk/TNn8CbzS-MI/AAAAAAAAAP8/xVAWu3WMF8o/s1600/frank_frazetta_thedisagreement.jpg
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1366x768/battle/167841/battle-death-knights-fantasy-art-ravens-167841.jpg

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Posted: 20 March 2013 12:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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wancow - 20 March 2013 11:32 AM

I like the concept.  Suggestion: lower your focal length, and move the camera closer and lower, so that you’re looking slightly up.  This will make the main characters big in the image, larger than life.  You can also try out different angles from above and below.

Examples:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_R-WhB9g9eYk/TNn8CbzS-MI/AAAAAAAAAP8/xVAWu3WMF8o/s1600/frank_frazetta_thedisagreement.jpg
http://www.wallsave.com/wallpapers/1366x768/battle/167841/battle-death-knights-fantasy-art-ravens-167841.jpg

thanks….I’ll give that a try grin

 

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Posted: 28 March 2013 03:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’ve removed this cover suggestion post due to Lost Lands: the Game being put on hold for the time being.

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Posted: 07 May 2013 07:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Okay…I’ve been writing a lot and hope to have Darkness Falls ready to go soon.
I’ve completely reworked my cover art ideas.
Here are my latest 2—same basic concept, just slight position modifications.

Any suggestions?
Also, would this cover pique your interest enough to stop and read the description?

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Posted: 07 May 2013 09:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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The second one looks best to me.  I’m not sure what is needed here, but to me, the subject needs to pop a bit more.  It seems like the background is a little too bright and the subject too dark.  That’s just my opinion, mind you… smile

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Posted: 07 May 2013 09:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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wancow - 07 May 2013 09:04 AM

The second one looks best to me.  I’m not sure what is needed here, but to me, the subject needs to pop a bit more.  It seems like the background is a little too bright and the subject too dark.  That’s just my opinion, mind you… smile

Thanks for the input….your opinion matters. I learned long ago, that everyone sees things a bit differently and has different likes/dislikes. I receive criticism on my writing all the time….sometimes its positive, sometimes negative…but I can promise you this: I may not like it and I may not take it…but I will damn sure LEARN from it.

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Posted: 07 May 2013 09:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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If you don’t mind, take a look at this: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/17043/

I rendered this in layers so I could light the background and the subject differently.  You have to be careful doing this, because the lighting has to fit one another.  The objective was, like I said, to make the subject “POP” or stand out from the background while still looking like she belonged there.

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Posted: 07 May 2013 10:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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With your latest pictures posted in #7,  your main character fills the frame better in the second image and the sword hand isn’t blocked by the title and the glint on the sword blade makes it stand out more,  but the contrast of the background against the sky,  where you can clearly see the wolf’s outline works better in the first image.  I’d keep the camera exactly where it is on the main character in the second image and shift the background arch set,  over to the right to get better balance in the overall image and highlight the wolf’s silhouette.  And I agree the main character need more light to define him against the backdrop.  Adding UberEnv2 could help balance out the light.

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Posted: 08 May 2013 03:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Thanks for all the suggestions and comments. Just another reason to love the DAZ Community grin

Here is one that I started yesterday afternoon. I changed the lighting, background and a bit of positioning. Whatever I did took, it 14.5+ hours to render (although I do have an old system). I think it is better but still not completely right. I know I need to tweak the dimensions slightly since unless I transform the image in photoshop, it won’t fit on the front cover template.

Still open to suggestions. I think I might try the render in layers trick and cobble it together in Photoshop. I still have several chapters to write, then the manuscript goes off to my proofreaders, so I’m not in a rush. I’ve set myself a target release date of mid/late June.

Once again, thanks for the suggestions and comments. It helps more than you know.

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Posted: 13 May 2013 04:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Here’s a couple more cover art ideas.
As always…suggestions and comments are welcome.

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Posted: 14 May 2013 02:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Nice images, I think I like the last one best.
However, the wolf doesn’t look convincing when it’s up close, it looks a bit like it’s been stuffed. It looks fine in the background though.

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Posted: 14 May 2013 04:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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SteveM17 - 14 May 2013 02:48 AM

Nice images, I think I like the last one best.
However, the wolf doesn’t look convincing when it’s up close, it looks a bit like it’s been stuffed. It looks fine in the background though.

Thanks. At the moment that one is my favorite also.
I agree with you assessment on the wolf model….time for some more tweaking.
Once again…thanks for the input.

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