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 Post subject: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 3:50 am 
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In several episodes, and want some feedback on the proposed cover design. I didn't want explosions etc going off everywhere so I just drew the character standing about. The idea is, every Epidode will see him look more battered and ragged on the front to convey what he is going through in the story.

Hopefully you can get an impression of what he's like from the art, it's not quite finished but I mainly wanted feedback about the layout etc, I'm going for a simple overall look.

Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 5:00 am 
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Not to be nitpicky, but as someone who lives in Russia and therefore hangs out with folk whose lungs will probably try to kill themselves before their owners do, the cigarette seems a bit small. Unless they're future e-cigs.


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 5:04 am 
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Im a non smoker so I didn't notice but yeah. They are "future" cigs that are ignited by a pull tab, soooooooooo I'm just gonna ignore it.

Any other observations?

FYI he still needs one more shit tattoo on his arm in between the writing and there will be a crappy stencil of a flag on the background. The tattoo will be a quick reference barcode thing, or as I call them in my story "digitats".


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 5:14 am 
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Any particular reason for why only one arm is armored? Just rule of cool?


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PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 5:16 am 
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There is a very particular reason, I don't do rule of cool and in later episodes he will be fully armoured.


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PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 5:26 am 
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Hm, alright then.

It looks nice overall, even though just having the main character stare at you is a really common style of a cover. I like how his eyes add a little bit of colour to the otherwise kinda bleak pallet.


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PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 5:30 am 
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I realise that it is common, but in scifi all I seem to see is funky colours, spaceships and explosions (or badly photoshopped photos of dudes in motorbike armour, why the fuck does anybody think that looks futuristic) so I wanted to downplay it a bit.
I realise it looks bleak, I attempted to offset that with a really bright yellow for the border but it jarred with my senses so I toned it down.

Maybe I need to re brighten it.
Here's what I mean.


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PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 5:36 am 
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I think the bleak pallet fits actually (I kinda assumed that the story won't be terribly cheery), just that the eyes are nice contrast.


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PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 5:41 am 
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Thankyou! You assume correct, the story will start a bid moody and get progressively worse (to the point where the main character has cheery flashbacks about crawling through a sewer outlet to melt civilians with phosphorous grenades, all the while covered in shit).

My main problem with drawing on iPad is that it makes everything look so bright, so when viewed on a regular monitor my work looks about 50% more dull than it should.
Hence why I posted it here because you guys
A) wont mock my geekery and
B) are a critical bunch.


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PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 6:22 am 
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If you can scoot him over to the left in the composition, that'd be great. The "part 1" is slightly covered by his hand and could get more space on the page.

How are you publishing it? Digital online or on paper?


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 6th, 2013, 6:24 am 
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Thanks zombie I will do that. I'm publishing digitally, but amazon offer a print on demand service for free for in one of their packages as far as I know.

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 7th, 2013, 5:06 am 
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I quite like the bold Yellow over the translucent one. I think a book title should stand out. Apart from that the design is great. That is one hell of a belt buckle.


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 7th, 2013, 6:16 am 
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Fonic wrote:
I quite like the bold Yellow over the translucent one. I think a book title should stand out. Apart from that the design is great. That is one hell of a belt buckle.


Bold was my intent originally, I just thought it was a bit much in practice. Now I have 2 opposing views, what to do? The belt buckle doesn't really fit with the rest of his gear, it was a present from a comrade who is now dead, so he keeps it as a memento.

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 7th, 2013, 7:23 am 
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I like the Bold title because it makes the text standout and strengthens the local colour palette, which is reminiscent of the yellow and black of Hazard colours (Hazard tape, Radiation signs, AA vans, etc.). It gives the cover a kind of secret/military/clandestine/WARRR feel.

Also if you go to paper print then you can use the bold yellow on the spine too; for which the translucent wouldn't work so well.


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 7th, 2013, 8:23 am 
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Fonic wrote:
I like the Bold title because it makes the text standout and strengthens the local colour palette, which is reminiscent of the yellow and black of Hazard colours (Hazard tape, Radiation signs, AA vans, etc.). It gives the cover a kind of secret/military/clandestine/WARRR feel.


That was exactly what I was going for. I have modified it slightly, moved the character off centre, made the yellow more prominent but still a bit faded.

What do you think?


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 17th, 2013, 8:23 pm 
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Darkchild130 wrote:
Im a non smoker so I didn't notice but yeah. They are "future" cigs that are ignited by a pull tab, soooooooooo I'm just gonna ignore it.


It really doesn't look sciencey enough to get away with that. I think it is actually even about the right size (maybe a LITTLE small, but whatver), but more importantly it just looks flat. It's not really interacting with his mouth, and ends up looking like it was hastily shooped in to make a decent painting look silly.


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 18th, 2013, 2:36 am 
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Wot he said. You lips are usually pursed around a cig or your teeth or what have you. It looks off.


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 18th, 2013, 4:25 am 
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Well the pull tab isn't on it after it's ignited so whatever. I might remove it if it looks that bad, I'm not changing the shape of his mouth so I might as well get rid of it.
He smokes a little in the story but its not important to show it really. Thanks for feedback, and taking the time to put the Mona Lisa on my cover.
That would probably sell a lot better.

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: August 18th, 2013, 5:49 am 
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 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
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So will colt!

I updated this a bit. I aged his face, put an impression of a federation flag behind him (his former employers) made his arm more "veiny" and slapped a smart code on his arm.

I could not make the cigarette look better, plus I made the mistake of merging ayers so I would've also had to remove the smoke, which would've been a pain in the ass. So I left it.
I prefer his face now, it felt wrong before.


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Drawing an eagle from the front without it looking worried is quite difficult!


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An endangered species in the COLT universe?


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It's not endangered, it's fucking dead.


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