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Posted: 14 May 2013 06:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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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.

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Posted: 21 May 2013 05:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Okay…after much trial and error, here are my latest versions of the cover.
Advice, suggestions and comments welcome.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 10:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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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.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 10:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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I like the Second the best myself, but I think the single torch on the trail is not needed. Those with the wolf work, that single one breaks the flow with a spot of unneeded color.

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Posted: 24 May 2013 03:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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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.

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Posted: 24 May 2013 06:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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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 grin

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Posted: 24 May 2013 06:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Only question, does it fit the story more for the wolf to be howling at the moon or to be watching the Grim one?

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Posted: 27 May 2013 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Jaderail - 24 May 2013 06:54 PM

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.

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Posted: 27 May 2013 12:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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I realized last night that maybe posting images of the first 2 book covers would help since this is the next book in the series. Both covers were commissioned work by two different artist.

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Posted: 27 May 2013 12:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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With the two previously published covers in mind, here is my latest idea built around the final confrontation in the story.
Suggestions welcomed.

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Posted: 28 August 2013 09:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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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).

Suggestions and comments are welcomed.

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Posted: 28 August 2013 10:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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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.

just my 2 cents.

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Posted: 28 August 2013 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Nice idea Jaderail on adding her in the background. I will try that and post a version soon.

Okay, I see what you mean about on the background image.
A) I should have the some of the villains already engaged with the heroes? B) Just shift the villains’ poses to more action-like?

Thanks for your 2 cents…I have always found your advice to be worth taking to heart.

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Posted: 28 August 2013 11:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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aemccullough - 28 August 2013 10:20 AM

Nice idea Jaderail on adding her in the background. I will try that and post a version soon.

Okay, I see what you mean about on the background image.
A) I should have the some of the villains already engaged with the heroes? B) Just shift the villains’ poses to more action-like?

Thanks for your 2 cents…I have always found your advice to be worth taking to heart.

I would go with B for the villains’.

EDIT: Watch your Brother placement. Don’t cut off the chins with text raise just enough to show full face for both.

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Posted: 28 August 2013 03:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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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.

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