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    Quintessential Concept Art--The Book Cover Competition

    Please read all of the instructions before posting pictures.

    I don't know about you, but one of my first ever art lessons was designing a book cover and it seems to me that that has been the staple of the curriculum for quite a while, so I challenge all of you to do the same again (or for the first time) now that you have honed your skills over the years.

    The challenge is simple. It is open to everyone and the the finished designs will be posted for judging shortly after the deadline. The deadline is to have a finished piece posted here by 12:00p.m. GMT May 16th.

    The design can be either just the cover, or the back cover-spine-front cover layout and can be for any dimentions.

    The front cover must include the title and the author. The author can either be your screen-name, or the sample name Brian O' Reilly (ME!).

    The back cover, if you chose to do one, should include any necessary space for a blurb or quotes, but these need not be written, just implied.

    The title of the book is: Full Moons and Hot Chocolate

    To give you an idea of where to go with it: the book shall be summed up as "A corporate werewolf thriller/horror, with comical undertones but harsh realities."

    I hope that leaves it open enough to get your creative juices flowing.

    To keep it interesting, please post WIP pics too, but clearly identify once a piece is finished. One final entry per member.

    Please post if you are going to do a cover, even before you have started your WIP.

    Good luck to all. And Enjoy!

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    Guys, I've extended the deadline, I think a week is too short. The deadline is now May 2nd. Please post if interested. What do you guys think?

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    Does anyone have any interest in this competition?

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    I'll give it a go. The deadline is May 2?

    Don't feel bad. I've got a comics section going that 2,000 people whined and screamed for and have had only maybe a short dozen people submit something in 10 weeks.

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    if it wasnt for the fact that im flat out with work commitments for the next month i'd probably join in this. if this is going to become a reguler project , then i'll more than likely join in later. Also if this is to become a reguler thing, any chance of you mixing it up, horror one week, childrens or romantic novels the next?

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    Yeah, that's a good idea. And hey, even a quick sketch would be appreciated

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    Hi,
    I'll give a try..

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    Cool, anyone else?

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    I should have something finished by tonight or tomorrow morning. Then I have to start drawing some g'damn zombies...

    ...and they told me doing art would make me a better person...idiots...

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    Lol. Perceverance is character building Remember that WIP is more than welcome.

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    OMYGAWD! For the first time in my life, I'm first in with something... The world is about to end...RUNNNNNNNN!

    Pure vector except for the moons. Hope it's not too embarrassing...

    [ADD: I corrected color balance and re-uploaded.]

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    Embarasing? Thats Brilliant!!! I guess I'm even more impressed because this thread was inspired by the novel I'm t the moment. The title I gave in this thread is the working title, so I feel a link to the concepts.

    Anyway, Amazing! Styalised and striking, it really captures the description. I might do this every month. Could you post some WIP pics?

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    Thank you, Brian. I worked directly without any plan on the wolfman (kind of speedpainting in vector), but I think I can get some sort of WP together to explain how it was done.

    I find it rather sad AND surprising that no one else has entered anything in this yet. Book covers and posters are a major area, both publicity-wise and economically, in the concept art field, but apparently isn't exciting enough for our little game-playing friends...

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    I agree. Maybe I should make the next one a month long. Anyway, i guess you win by default. Well done

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    I didn't even know this existed until a minute ago.

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    damn i wish i had found this earlier...

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    Brian, if you want to go to a month, go ahead. It might guarantee more entries against all the competing challenges, but it actually should be doable even by an amateur in two weeks.

    As for this one, there's no winner. I'm a retired pro, and I usually don't like to compete unless the competition is at least near-pro or definitely better than me, which is pretty common here.

    I want to punch up the color saturation a bit because I lost some of it in the vector to raster conversion and repost it. Then you can use it as an example of what could be done. When you have your next subject ready, post a warning a few days ahead of starting date in the lounge as a "shameless plug" with an idea of what's going on, and a link back to your Challenge thread. That should get some attention.

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    What do you think of keeping theis open for another 2 weeks? It would at least give Artfish and Armando a chance.

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    Go for it. Just send them a pm so they know. And maybe some of the other people who piped up earlier.

    and maybe post a Shameless Plug in the Lounge that you've extended a cover competition...

    Lets get these peons to put up or shut up

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    Lol, okay, I'll do that now so.

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    oh cool :] thanks brian

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    No prob! I look forward to your entry.

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    I'll give it a try too! I found this thread yesterday on the deadline, so I'm glad you've extended it.

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    Oh, lord, that means I'll have to redo mine better...

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    I just saw this in the Lounge. Depending on my schedule for work I'll give it a go.

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    on the same boat as Oreg here - didn't know about it till now but it's a brilliant idea. As noted it depends on my schedule but I'll try to give this a go every once in a while.

    Thanks for the lounge thread and linkage.
    And Ilaekae, sir, that is awesome.

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    Just got the PM, I accept the challenge.

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    I suck at keeping deadlines... but maybe I'll get something out. XD I can always try. heh.

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    Cool, and remember to post your WIP guys Good luck!

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    I just discovered this today, but I would like to make an attempt at it. Count me in!

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