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    Book Cover Competition #2!!!

    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 June 15th.
    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 this month's book is: "Desiderata" which means "desired things".

    To give you an idea of where to go with it:

    [Main Character] has just been reborn (though he doesn't know it). He wakes up in a desert, bursting with energy. Plants grow wherever he steps. He is but a shell, filled with light. The book shal be about discovering power and deciding what to do with it. How to live one's life.

    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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    This is the poem the title is taken from, a poem I have a particular love for:

    Desiderata

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.


    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.


    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass.


    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.


    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.


    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.


    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.


    Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
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    You've got good ideas, with lots of room for interpretation. I'll give this one a try as well.
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    Thanks. I do try to keep it pretty open, to see the variety that will come back.
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    Sounds interesting. I think I'll also give this a try.
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    Great, any other takers? Oh, and remember that the WIP is important. there was little of it in the last comp, but I think everyone finds it interesting.
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    I'm in, but WIPs are a problem for me. I work raw in vector--there is no such thing as a WIP technically, and progress shots are pretty much almost impossible to understand.
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    No problem, obviously it's only for those it applies to Good luck.
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    Ha ha! Everybody is happy to make a post claiming they will do something. The real trick is getting them to post a final within the time alloted.

    I'll make one in the coming week to make up for my trash talking, but I just wanted to say that telling everybody to claim they will enter before they make a WIP is sort of like bringing coals to Newcastle. There's an amazing amount of "I'm in." disease on these boards.
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    I know, this is the second comp, but most who said they would did.
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    Count me it.
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    Hack, wheeze... what are these purple spots? :]

    I should be able to come up with a piece by June 15... so long as I make a list of all these things. Thanks for posting the original poem too. That will be a great help.
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    Great, 6 entrants already. If everyone finishes one this will be bigger than the last. What are your opinions? Is this somthing that should be kept up?
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