Okay…here are the latest tweaks.
As SteveM17 suggested, I moved the wolf to the background, more as a silhouette, which works for the storyline (foreshadowing for the next novel). Actually, I need to add an eagle in the air for the same reason but I don’t have one in my runtime atm. Also, I changed the shadow on the moon from red - ie Bloodmoon - to the black of a more traditional eclipse. Thoughts on that would also be appreciated.
BTW - I still need to work on the script shadows and the like, the lettering doesn’t jump out like I want but that is whole different project. Right now, I want to keep them the same for comparison reasons.
On the first picture, with the figure in the background - is it important plot-point? A character in the book? If not, then maybe the second, with the wolf. Maybe make it a bit more grey, unless the point is it is white.
Another point, how about softening the shadows? I tend to use a combination of sunlight (direct light with sharp shadows), and Uber Environment 2 light, with soft self-shadowing in corners, creases etc. The color of the light seems good in the pictures. The camera-work is also very good.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Norse - The werewolf is a plot point, as is the wolf. But I agree, the werewolf doesn’t work too well in this render. And I will try a grey wolf, I thought I blended too much but then, that might be the point - the white stands out too much. I will try your suggestion about softening the shadows…especially in the background.
Jaderail - thanks for the suggestion, I hadn’t realized that about the torch but now that you said it, I agree.
Here is the same cover with a slight tweak (all I could manage with my work schedule this week).
I changed the wolf to grey and rotated him. I tried ‘softening’ the shadows a bit…but never messed with that setting before, not sure if I’ve got it figured out quite right. I may have even tweaked his position and made Grimstalker a bit larger.
As always, input and suggestions are welcomed.
NOTE—Now I’m off for some much needed sleep
Only question, does it fit the story more for the wolf to be howling at the moon or to be watching the Grim one?
Sorry for the delay in response…its been a busy week with the family. Actually, it fits the story better if the wolf is watch ‘the Grim one’—but several friends wanted to see the wolf howling at the moon for comparison.
Here are my latest concepts/layout for the cover for my upcoming fantasy novel. The first one (the one with the two brothers) foreshadows the most about the novel since a major portion of the novel focuses on the relationship between Gray and Galvorn. However I was thinking it looked slightly out of balance, so I added Tamina (a minor character but pivotal for the plot).
I like a mix of both better. I would put the third figure behind the two brothers as they are posed in the first one. I would also match the under lighting on all three faces to get a better balance to the flow, or lower it only on the figure behind the brothers.
Also in the Background image all the main characters are Action posed, that makes the attackers look very static with the poses they have now. They also should have some action type poses to give the impression of action IS going to happen very soon.
I noticed that problem with the text also. Here is a modified version with a bit more ‘action’ for the villains and Tamina (the female assassin) in the background. I also added an extra spotlight on Galvorn - I’m assuming since he is a dark elf (technically a half-dark elf) the other light just got swallowed up by his ebony skin.
I am still open to suggestions and comments. I can only improve by trial and error. Also, it would help to know if you saw this book cover, would it intrigue you enough to stop and read the blub. Thanks in advance for any and all help.