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Sci-Fi Novella Cover Design Contest (WIP Thread) - A.E. McCullough
Posted: 06 September 2012 11:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 46 ]
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Marty D - 05 September 2012 02:28 PM

Thanks for the above critiques, they were obviously right after taking a second look. Here’s an updated version with new lettering and some other fixes. Hope it will work. There’s also a version without any lettering to use for different type styles.

This is the final version for this image.


Marty D, got one more tip for the title. The angle of the character where it looks like he is falling or flying is great. I have a good idea to give your title some “lift”. Try tilting the title parallel to DJ’s arm. Look at this example below. It would be even cooler if the title “flys” with DJ’s across the cover.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 02:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 47 ]
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Pulp fiction. Hmm. But is it logical.

Thanks very much for the suggestion. My resources are just about at their limit, but, well, one more try.

This font kind of reminds me of Blade Runner, but not really. The effect is accidental, more or less. You know how you always go through the blending modes every time you add a layer. At any rate, it does isolate the background.

This is not a final image.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 02:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 48 ]
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Marty D - 06 September 2012 02:26 PM

Pulp fiction. Hmm. But is it logical.

Thanks very much for the suggestion. My resources are just about at their limit, but, well, one more try.

This font kind of reminds me of Blade Runner, but not really. The effect is accidental, more or less. You know how you always go through the blending modes every time you add a layer. At any rate, it does isolate the background.

This is a final image.

Oh.. nice. Do you by any chance have the figures as a single layer? If you did I would love to see this with the gun overlayed on the title.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 02:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 49 ]
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Marty D - 06 September 2012 02:26 PM

Pulp fiction. Hmm. But is it logical.

Thanks very much for the suggestion. My resources are just about at their limit, but, well, one more try.

This font kind of reminds me of Blade Runner, but not really. The effect is accidental, more or less. You know how you always go through the blending modes every time you add a layer. At any rate, it does isolate the background.

This is a final image.

Hey, thats actually cool to me! Its so boring to have plain white letters. All books do that. Might as well try something different. But like you said, its probably not logical to go that way because his story is not like that. Its very serious from what I understand. I want to buy his book and I will see if I can use the Kindle app on my iPad to buy it.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 02:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 50 ]
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WORK IN PROGRESS (NOT FINAL IMAGE)

I am finished with the other three covers but I am still working on this one. Trying to find a better background. I hope I got the tattoos right. I am currently working on the 5th cover with DJ’s Daughter on it.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 02:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 51 ]
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Thanks Jaderail. Yes lots of layers. Another view below. Very interesting.

Jake__Russel, it would be helpful to read the book wouldn’t it. Is it pulp, is it Arthur C Clarke - probably not -, is it tragedy? Form the clips A.E. has posted the book sounds a lot like an adventure more than anything so you’re probably right about the colorful cover. I do really like the planet icon you have in your title. Very elegant.

edit: This is not a final image.

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Posted: 06 September 2012 03:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 52 ]
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Marty D - 06 September 2012 02:56 PM

Thanks Jaderail. Yes lots of layers. Another view below. Very interesting.

Jake__Russel, it would be helpful to read the book wouldn’t it. Is it pulp, is it Arthur C Clarke - probably not -, is it tragedy? Form the clips A.E. has posted the book sounds a lot like an adventure more than anything so you’re probably right about the colorful cover. I do really like the planet icon you have in your title. Very elegant.

Marty D—I’m liking the covers…good job on the change up to the title. Much better. Personally, I like the one with the gun behind the title (easier to read I think). But those are minor details that can be ‘ironed’ out.

Jake (and others)—yes, this story would be classified Sci-Fi Adventure. Since the novella isn’t completely finished…it still needs editing and I recently found a flaw in it that is taking a major rewrite to fix, so it really isn’t ready for publication. But its closer every day.
Since this is my first go around for a ‘Cover Contest’ I realize that I’ve made some mistakes. However, I’ve been making notes on how to fix it for the next contest. I think it would be beneficial for me to post the 1st half or third of the novel for the competing artists to get a feel for the characters and the basic storyline. Not sure how or where to do that yet but rest assured, I will figure it out before the next contest.

Thanks for all the submissions—WIP and others. My wife and I are impressed. I will be setting up the ‘Final Rendering’ thread hopefully over this weekend and adding the poll. I need to get with one of the forum admin types to help me set it up grin

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Posted: 06 September 2012 06:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 53 ]
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I do agree, The behind works better. I did not think the gun would cover that much of the lettering. It was just an Idea.

I am happy to see that your happy. I’m still loving all the renders.

P.S. I’m a 3D art addict. I just love 3D art.

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Posted: 07 September 2012 08:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 54 ]
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WORK IN PROGRESS (NOT FINAL IMAGE)

Now I am approaching the end of this image. I love using Rons Rain brushes. I always try to find an image I can use it on. This image is basically finished (plus minor elements I am still working on) but I am saving the high res version (1400x2000) for the contest thread that is promised to be up sometime soon.

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Posted: 07 September 2012 08:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 55 ]
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All ideas, no time!  And it looks like some pretty stiff competition!

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Posted: 07 September 2012 03:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 56 ]
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Jake__Russel - 07 September 2012 08:37 AM

WORK IN PROGRESS (NOT FINAL IMAGE)

Now I am approaching the end of this image. I love using Rons Rain brushes. I always try to find an image I can use it on. This image is basically finished (plus minor elements I am still working on) but I am saving the high res version (1400x2000) for the contest thread that is promised to be up sometime soon.

I’m curious Jake…what program are you using?
I picked up Ron’s Explosions for a cover idea I had using DAZ and Photoshop…but put it on the proverbial back burner in lieu of this contest.

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Posted: 07 September 2012 04:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 57 ]
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Jake__Russel - 07 September 2012 08:37 AM

WORK IN PROGRESS (NOT FINAL IMAGE)

Now I am approaching the end of this image. I love using Rons Rain brushes. I always try to find an image I can use it on. This image is basically finished (plus minor elements I am still working on) but I am saving the high res version (1400x2000) for the contest thread that is promised to be up sometime soon.

I’m curious Jake…what program are you using?
I picked up Ron’s Explosions for a cover idea I had using DAZ and Photoshop…but put it on the proverbial back burner in lieu of this contest.

I’m a true Daz fan. I only use what comes from Daz3D.com. I am using Daz Studio 4 (haven’t switched to 4.5 yet), Reality 2.1plug in (since I struggle to set up lighting using Daz studio), and of course Photoshop CS4. I am an amateur and actually don’t even know how to model my own models yet even though I own Lightwave, ZBrush, Cinema 4D, Maya 2010, and others. I wanted to use e-on Vue for a space scene but I am not skilled enough yet to use it.

I have bought just about all of Ron’s brushes. I am a little disappointed with Ron’s explosions. They have black trim around some of the flames and debris which don’t look too good against a light background. But I used the burst .psd for the gun fire on the above images which worked out very well. The rain brush is my favorite. I can’t find enough images to use it in. But I know not to overuse it so I will just have that one image with rain.

And I too have put my project I was working on, on hold for this contest.

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Posted: 08 September 2012 03:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 58 ]
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Here is my final cover. It needs a little more rendering time to get it sharper. I am thinking on Photoshoping laser sights all pointing on DJ or just leave the flashlights on DJ.

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Posted: 08 September 2012 04:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 59 ]
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Very cool, action-packed cover, Jake__Russel! And DJ´s red suit goes very well with the red book title. I like it how your cover has a border, it looks very stylish, and the weapon aiming at DJ from behind the border looks cool.

I would maybe take away one or two of the sheriffs to the right, I think there are too many of them and it makes the image look a bit overcrowded.

Also, isn´t DJ´s daughter a bit small? I thought she was 12 years old (as A. E. mentioned in the other thread), here she looks about half that age. She reminds me of my 6 years old niece, who is about this tall, and is considered to be rather short for her age.

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Posted: 08 September 2012 06:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 60 ]
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Jake__Russel - 07 September 2012 08:37 AM

WORK IN PROGRESS (NOT FINAL IMAGE)

Now I am approaching the end of this image. I love using Rons Rain brushes. I always try to find an image I can use it on. This image is basically finished (plus minor elements I am still working on) but I am saving the high res version (1400x2000) for the contest thread that is promised to be up sometime soon.

1400x2000? Is this for print too. Wow, ok, have to go back again put that together ...

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